SWS: Top 10 at a glance 2004-11-08

NASCAR Top 10 At A Glance A look at the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series Top 10 Drivers DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 8, 2004) - The following is a glance at the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series Top 10 in the ...

NASCAR Top 10 At A Glance
A look at the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series Top 10 Drivers

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 8, 2004) - The following is a glance at the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series Top 10 in the final championship standings heading into the second annual NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale Speedway this week. The Showdown in Irwindale, Calif. will pit the top ten drivers from the four series (Southwest, Northwest, Midwest, and Southeast) that comprise NASCAR's AutoZone Elite Division:

No. 1 - Jim Pettit II (No. 03 California Hot Wood Ford), Jim Pettit Racing. Last week's ranking: 1st. Pettit clinched his first series championship with a fourth place performance at PIR last week. Pettit scored four victories, ten top five and twelve top ten finishes in 14 races en route to the championship. Pettit's best SWS Irwindale finish is 4th.

No. 2 - Craig Raudman (No. 2 HPS/Victory Circle Chevrolet), Victory Circle Racing. Last week's ranking: 2nd. Raudman rebounded from two laps down to finish 8th at PIR last week. On the season Raudman scored two wins, seven top five and ten top ten finishes in 14 starts. Raudman also claimed four Bud Pole Awards for a career total of 29 (series record). Raudman's best SWS Irwindale finish is 1st.

No. 3 - Eddy McKean (No. 19 Wide World of Maps Pontiac), McKean Racing. Last week's ranking: 4th. McKean claimed his fifth career victory after dominating the event last week at PIR. McKean finished the season with two wins, six top five and ten top ten finishes in 14 starts. McKean has finished in the top five in the final standings in each of the four seasons he has competed in the series. McKean's best SWS Irwindale finish is 6th.

No. 4 - Burney Lamar (No. 1 Groeniger/HPS Mechanical Chevrolet), Victory Circle Racing. Last week's ranking: 3rd. Lamar claimed his series high fifth Bud Pole Award of the season last week in Phoenix but finished a disappointing 31st. In 14 races this season Lamar won one event with six top five and eight top ten finishes. Lamar's best SWS Irwindale finish is 1st.

No. 5 - Eric Holmes (No. 62 KENKO Chevrolet), Beebe Racing. Last week's ranking: 5th. Holmes finished the season in fifth spot after a runner-up finish at PIR last week. Holmes closed out 2004 with two wins, five top five and nine top ten finishes in 14 starts. Holmes' best SWS Irwindale finish is 1st.

No. 6 - Joe Herold (No. 5 Quality Chevrolet), Herold Racing. Last week's ranking: 7th. Herold collected his best Phoenix finish of sixth last week and capped his best season on the series with one top five and five top ten performances in 14 starts. Herold completed 1668 laps out of 1788 contested this season. Herold's best SWS Irwindale finish is 11th.

No. 7 - Rip Michels (No. 12 Stock Building Supply Chevrolet), Michels Racing. Last week's ranking: 9th. Michels finished 22nd at PIR last week but claimed the Autometer Rookie-of-the-Year title. In 14 2004 starts Michels scored one top five and seven top ten finishes. He was also the top finishing rookie in nine of the 14 races. Michel's best SWS Irwindale finish is 8th but has won over 25 Late Model features in the tracks NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series.

No. 8- Greg Voigt (No. 9 Auto Pro Racing Engines Chevrolet), Voigt Racing. Last week's ranking: 6th. Voigt finished his second full season on the series on the strength of two top five and four top ten finishes in 14 starts. Voigt is the 2000 Irwindale Speedway feature division champion and has numerous wins on the half-mile. Voigt's best SWS Irwindale finish is 4th.

No. 9 - Todd Souza (No. 6 Money by Design Chevrolet), Penney Racing. Last week's ranking: 10th. Souza finished in the top ten final standings for the second time in his career. In 14 starts this season Souza scored one top five and three top ten finishes and completed 1726 laps of 1788 contested. Souza's best SWS Irwindale finish is 8th.

No. 10 - Doug McCoun (No. 16 Camacho's Cantina Chevrolet), CBA Motorsports. Last week's ranking: 8th. McCoun hung on to cap his 12th season on the series. McCoun finished 2004 with two top five and four top ten finishes in 14 starts. This season marks the 11th time in 12 years that McCoun has finished in the top ten final standings. McCoun's best SWS Irwindale finish is 5th.

Charting the Champs: 2003 series champion Auggie Vidovich finished the 2004 season in the 19th position in the standings after only competing in nine events. 2001 series champion Craig Raudman finished in the runner-up spot after 14 races. 2002 series champion Eddy McKean finished the season like he started it. Wining at PIR. This is McKean's fourth season on the season and he has finished no worse than fifth in the final standings each year.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Eric Holmes , Joe Herold , Burney Lamar , Doug McCoun , Jim Pettit II , Craig Raudman , Auggie Vidovich , Todd Souza , Rip Michels