WS: Drivers bonus program announced

DRIVERS SHARE $50,000 IN PRIZE MONEY FRO NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, WEST SERIES BONUS PROGRAM DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 10, 2005) - Fifteen drivers of the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series are receiving a combined ...

DRIVERS SHARE $50,000 IN PRIZE MONEY FRO NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, WEST SERIES BONUS PROGRAM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 10, 2005) - Fifteen drivers of the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series are receiving a combined $50,000 in prize money for the first portion of the leader bonus program for this season.

The prize money, part of the overall $350,000 point fund award for 2005, is being distributed based on the championship standings after the first four races.

Scott Lynch (No. 08 Mr. Gas Dodge) is receiving $10,000 for leading the West Series point standings. Lynch, who won the series championship in his rookie season in 2003, scored two wins in the first four races this year. With a runner-up finish sandwiched between the two victories, along with a season-opening 10th-place finish, the 25-year-old driver from Burley, Idaho, leads with 674 points.

Steve Portenga (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts/NAPA Belts & Hose Chevrolet) is receiving $6,000 for being second after the first four races. Portenga, with 613 points, and Lynch are the only drivers to finish in the top 10 in all four races so far this year.

Defending series champion Mike Duncan (No. 9 Lucas Oil/Ron's Rear Ends Chevrolet) of Bakersfield, Calif., is just two points behind Portenga with 611 points. Duncan will receive $4,000 for being third.

Mike David (No. 2 Bennett Lane Winery Ford) of Modesto, Calif., collects $3,750 for fourth place in the standings with 600 points after four events. With 586 points, second-generation driver David Gilliland (No. 88 RaceCarCeilingFans.com Chevrolet) of Riverside, Calif., gets $3,500 for fifth place in the standings.

Receiving $3,250 for sixth with 526 points is Tim Woods III (No. 54 Chino Hills Ford Ford) of Chino Hills, Calif. Brett Thompson (No. 61 Rich Thompson Trucking Chevrolet) of Jerome, Idaho, collects $3,000 for seventh at 518 points. Series rookie Andrew Lewis (No. 18 Teen Arrive Alive Chevrolet) of Corona, Calif., is eighth in the standings with 507 points and will receive $2,750. Receiving $2,500 for ninth is Scott Gaylord (No. 00 Oliver Gravity Separators/Denver Seminary Chevrolet) of Lakewood, Colo., with 481 points. Andrew Myers (No. 44 Toyota of Escondido Chevrolet) of Huntington Beach, Calif., receives $2,250 for being 10th with 480 points.

Drivers 11th through 15th will also share in the prize money. They include Jose Luis Ramirez (No. 77 Del Valle/Mission Foods Ford), $2,000; Rick Ruzbarsky (No. 51 Alfred Matthews/Crystal Pools Chevrolet), $1,900; Daryl Harr (No. 71 WestWorld Motorsports Chevrolet), $1,800; Jack Sellers (No. 15 Aramark Pontiac), $1,700 and Sarah Fisher (No. 20 NAPA Filters/Domino's Chevrolet), $1,600.

In addition to the prize money for the first leg, the top 15 drivers who accumulate the most points from the fifth through the eighth races will divide an additional $50,000. This is the eighth consecutive year that teams in the West Series are being rewarded for their performance through this program. The bonus program began when R.J. Reynolds' Winston brand was title sponsor of the series and has continued with support from NASCAR. The bulk of the overall point fund will be distributed at the end of the season, based on the final championship standings.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Andrew Lewis , Steve Portenga , Tim Woods , Scott Gaylord , Brett Thompson , Scott Lynch , Mike David , Daryl Harr , David Gilliland , Rick Ruzbarsky , Jose Luis Ramirez , Andrew Myers