WS: Road to the Showdown 2005-09-22

'ROAD TO THE SHOWDOWN' A glance at the Top 15 drivers in the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 22, 2005) - The following is a glance at the current top 15 drivers in the championship standings in...

'ROAD TO THE SHOWDOWN'
A glance at the Top 15 drivers in the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 22, 2005) - The following is a glance at the current top 15 drivers in the championship standings in the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series. The top 15 drivers from each series in the NASCAR Grand National Division - the West Series and the Busch North Series - will be invited to compete in the third annual NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway on Nov. 10-12. The event awards nearly $500,000 to competitors and will be televised live on NASCAR TV on SPEED Channel.

No. 1 - Scott Lynch, Burley, Idaho (No. 08 Mr. Gas Dodge), Lynch Mob Motorsports. Points: 1,689. Lynch made a late-race charge to finish second at Roseburg - his fifth runner-up finish to go along with two wins this year. His consistent finishes have kept him atop the championship standings. Lynch hopes to continue his momentum when the series makes its inaugural visit to Thunder Hill Raceway in Kyle, Texas next week. He has competed in the two previous NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdowns.

No. 2 - Mike Duncan, Bakersfield, Calif. (No. 9 Lucas Oil/Ron's Rear Ends Chevrolet), MB Duncan Motorsports. Points: 1,656. Duncan, the defending series champion, became the first three-time winner in the series - with a victory at Roseburg. He trimmed Lynch's lead in the standings to just 33 points with two races left. Duncan hopes to gain more ground in Texas, where he recently tested in preparation for the Oct. 1 race. He has competed in the two previous NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdowns.

No. 3 - Steve Portenga, Sparks, Nev. (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts/NAPA Belts & Hose Chevrolet), Bill McAnally Racing. Points: 1,573. With the top two drivers in the championship standings finishing in the top two spots at Roseburg, Portenga's third-place finish there did not gain him any ground in his pursuit of the title. He will be gunning for his third victory of the season when the series visits the Lone Star State next week. Portenga has competed in one NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown (2003).

No. 4 - David Gilliland, Riverside, Calif. (No. 88 RaceCarCeilingFans.com Chevrolet), MRG Motorsports. Points: 1,518. After starting the year with a win, Gilliland encountered some mechanical woes in a couple races. Nevertheless, he is having another strong season. He ran up front at Roseburg and came away with a fourth-place finish. He has competed in the two previous NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdowns - in the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division in 2003 and the NASCAR Grand National Division in 2004.

No. 5 - Mike David, Modesto, Calif. (No. 2 Bennett Lane Winery Ford), Lynch Racing. Points: 1,422. A possible top-five finish slipped away as contact from another car sent David for a spin late in the race at Roseburg. He finished the night in 11th. He is aiming for a better outcome next week in the Allstate Texas Thunder 200 presented by Main Street Homes & The Central Texas Chevy Dealers. He has competed in one NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown (2004).

No. 6 - Brett Thompson, Jerome, Idaho, (No. 61 Rich Thompson Trucking Chevrolet) Thompson Motorsports, Points: 1,375. Thompson finished eighth at Roseburg, to nail down his fifth consecutive top-10 finish. Solid finishes in the last two events this season would keep him in the top six of the championship standings and give him a career-best mark for the final standings. He has competed in the two previous NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdowns.

No. 7 - Tim Woods III, Chino Hills, Calif. (No. 54 Chino Hills Ford Ford), T-III Motorsports. Points: 1,336. Woods is experiencing his best career season in the series - with two top-five finishes and five top-10 finishes - and is in a tight points battle, with the five drivers in seventh through 11th in the championship standings only separated by only 71 points. He charged from 12th on the grid to finish fifth at Roseburg. He has competed in one NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown (2004).

No. 8 - Scott Gaylord, Lakewood, Colo. (No. 00 Oliver Gravity Separators/Denver Seminary Chevrolet), Scott Gaylord Racing. Points: 1,301. It's been a roller coaster year for Gaylord. After failing to crack the top 10 in the first three races this season, the series veteran had three consecutive solid finishes and then three finishes outside the top 10. Coming off a sixth-place finish at Roseburg, he is aiming for a strong finish to the season. He has competed in the two previous NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdowns.

No. 9 - Daryl Harr, St Albert, AB, Canada (No. 71 Canada WestWorld Computers Chevrolet), WestWorld Motorsports. Points: 1,284. After struggling early this season, the father-son team of Carl and Daryl Harr combined their efforts behind Daryl. The move paid off, with top-10 finishes in five of the past six races. The younger Harr hopes to continue his climb in the championship standings with a strong run in Texas. He has competed in one NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown (2004).

No. 10 - Andrew Lewis, Corona, Calif., (No. 18 BMR Chevrolet), Bill McAnally Racing, Points: 1,281. After a solid performance through the first half of the season, Lewis has encountered mechanical woes in the last two races. The leading Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate wants to rebound with a good showing at Thunder Hill Raceway, where he competed in Legend cars while growing up in Dallas.

No. 11 - Andrew Myers, Huntington Beach, Calif., (No. 44 Toyota of Escondido Chevrolet), Myers Racing, Points: 1,265. Myers is locked in a tight battle for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award and to get into the top-10 of the championship standings. He came away from Roseburg with his fourth top-10 finish of the season and will be aiming for a fifth at Texas.

No. 12 - Sarah Fisher, Indianapolis, Ind., (No. 20 NAPA Filters/Domino's/Office Depot Chevrolet) Bill McAnally Racing, Points: 1,175. Fisher had worked her way up to seventh at Roseburg, before a flat tire put her five laps down. The Indy 500 veteran hopes to rebound with a strong run at Thunder Hill Raceway.

No. 13 - Jack Sellers, Sacramento, Calif., (No. 15 Aramark Pontiac), Sellers Racing, Points: 1,075. Sellers will be heading to Texas from Dover, Del. - where he was slated to compete in a NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series event on Sept. 23. He has competed in the two previous NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdowns.

No. 14 - Takuma Koga, Nagoya, Japan (No. 09 Goodyear Chevrolet), Midgley Racing. Points: 1,012. Koga is in his first full season of competition in the West Series. He has consistently been in the top 15 of the championship standings, driving for car owner Dick Midgley.

No. 15 - Tim Smith, Roseville, Calif., (No. 3 Veron Coating Systems/G&R Chevrolet), S&S Motorsports, Points: 933. After falling back early, Smith rebounded to finish ninth at Roseburg. It marked his third top-10 finish of the season. He will try to add to it in Texas.

Fast Facts

Top 15 this week:
1. Scott Lynch 1689 points
2. Mike Duncan 1656 (-33)
3. Steve Portenga 1573 (-116)
4. David Gilliland 1518 (-171)
5. Mike David 1422 (-267)
6. Brett Thompson 1375 (-314)
7. Tim Woods III 1336 (-353)
8. Scott Gaylord 1301 (-388)
9. Daryl Harr 1284 (-405)
10. Andrew Lewis 1281 (-408)
11. Andrew Myers 1265 (-424)
12. Sarah Fisher 1175 (-514)
13. Jack Sellers 1075 (-614)
14. Takuma Koga 1012 (-677)
15. Tim Smith 933 (-756)


Top 15 one year ago:
(After 10 races)
1. Mike Duncan
2. Austin Cameron
3. Scott Gaylord
4. David Gilliland
5. Mike David
6. Scott Lynch
7. Daryl Harr
8. Carl Harr
9. Tim Woods III
10. Jose Luis Ramirez
11. Gene Woods
12. Nick DeFazio
13. Jack Sellers
14. Bobby Hillis
15. David Eshleman

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Andrew Lewis , Steve Portenga , Tim Woods , Bobby Hillis , Scott Gaylord , Jack Sellers , Brett Thompson , Scott Lynch , Mike David , Daryl Harr , Carl Harr , Gene Woods , David Eshleman , David Gilliland , Austin Cameron , Jose Luis Ramirez , Andrew Myers