'Road To The Showdown' A glance at the Top 15 drivers in the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 12, 2004) - The following is a glance at the current top 15 drivers in the championship standings in the NASCAR...
'Road To The Showdown'
A glance at the Top 15 drivers in the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 12, 2004) - 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 second annual NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway on Nov. 11-13. The event will be televised live on NASCAR TV on SPEED Channel.
No. 1 - Mike Duncan , Lamont, Calif. (No. 9 Lucas Oil Chevrolet), MB Duncan Motorsports. Points: 466. Previous ranking: 2. With an eighth-place finish at Fontana, Duncan continued the kind of consistent performances that led him to a runner-up finish in the championship standings last season. He is one of only three drivers to finish in the top 10 in all three races so far this year. Next on the series schedule is Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway, where Duncan came away with a second-place finish in 2002.
No. 2 - Scott Gaylord , Lakewood, Colo. (No. 00 Oliver Gravity Separators/Denver Seminary Chevrolet), Scott Gaylord Racing. Points: 466. Previous ranking: 4. Gaylord finished fourth at Fontana, his career-best finish at the two-mile superspeedway. Although still looking for his first career win, the series veteran has demonstrated that he is a serious challenger. The series heads to the quarter-mile short track in Stockton, where Gaylord's best finish was 10th last year.
No. 3 - David Gilliland , Riverside, Calif. (No. 88 racecarceilingfans.com Chevrolet), MRG Motorsports. Points: 460. Previous ranking: 3. Gilliland turned in another solid run at Fontana, coming away with a sixth-place finish. As the top finishing rookie in all three races so far this season, Gilliland has taken an early lead in the chase for the Auto Meter Rookie of the Year Award. Although he has raced at Stockton in the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series - Gilliland has yet to compete there in the West Series.
No. 4 - Mike David , Modesto, Calif. (No. 2 Bennett Lane Winery Ford), Lynch Racing. Points: 458. Previous ranking: 1. With a ninth-place finish at California Speedway, David became one of only three drivers with a top-10 finish in all three races so far this season. The former series rookie of the year looks forward to returning to his home track of Stockton, where he raced late model stock cars in 1994 and finished third in both recent visits by the West Series - 2002 and 2003.
No. 5 - Scott Lynch , Burley, Idaho (No 08 Yerf-Dog/Orleans Racing Dodge). Lynch Mob Motorsports. Points: 427. Previous ranking: 9. After encountering mechanical trouble in the series opener, the defending series champion has quickly bounced back. His third-place finish at Fontana was his best on that track and gave him two consecutive podium finishes. Lynch returns to Stockton, where in his only visit he finished ninth last year.
No. 6 - Austin Cameron , El Cajon, Calif. (No. 16 NAPA/NAPA Belts & Hose Chevrolet), Bill McAnally Racing. Points: 426. Previous ranking: 5. Cameron quickly found himself behind at Fontana, after being penalized for jumping the start of the race. Despite running a solid race, he finished a lap down behind in 13th. He looks to rebound at Stockton, where he scored a win in a 200-lap event last year.
No. 7 - Tim Woods III , Chino Hills, Calif. (No. 54 Chino Hills Ford Ford), T-III Motorsports. Points: 380. Previous ranking 6. After finishing 19th at California Speedway, Woods slipped one spot in the championship standings to seventh. He has been in the top 10 of the standings since the start of the season. The series heads to Stockton, where in his only visit to the tight quarter-mile oval Woods finished 16th last season.
No. 8 - Daryl Harr , St Albert, AB Canada (No. 71 WestWorld Motorsports Chevrolet). WestWorld Motorsports. Points: 369. Previous ranking: 10. A 14th-place finish by Daryl Harr at Fontana was enough to move him up two spots in the point standings. While he moved from 10th to eighth - his father, Carl, dropped from eighth to 10th. Daryl will get his first look at Stockton when the series visits California's Central Valley on May 29.
No. 9 - Ken Schrader , Fenton, Mo. (No. 99 Federated Auto Parts Pontiac) Schrader Racing, Points: 365. Previous ranking: 18. In notching his second win of the season, the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series regular vaulted back into the top 10 of the championship standings of the West Series. Schrader, who has competed in West Series events each year since 1993, also won two series races in 1997.
No. 10 - Carl Harr , Edmonton, AB, Canada (No. 02 WestWorld Motorsports Chevrolet), WestWorld Motorsports. Points: 364. Previous ranking: 8. With a 21st-place finish at California Speedway, Carl Harr dropped two positions in the point standings. He essentially swapped positions with his son, Daryl - with Carl moving from eighth to 10th and Daryl going from 10th to eighth. Both will get their first look at Stockton later this month.
No. 11 - Jose Luis Ramirez , Mexico City, Mexico (No. 17 Cardenas/Del Valle/Guerrero Ford). Performance Motorsports. Points: 364. Previous ranking: 11. Ramirez came away from California Speedway with a career-best 10th-place finish in only his third race in the West Series. Ramirez, one of nine freshman drivers registered for the Auto Meter Rookie of the Year Award, will be competing in his first race at Stockton.
No. 12 - Nick DeFazio , Newport Beach, Calif. (No. 77 Mission Foods/West Coast Choppers), Performance Motorsports. Points: 355. Previous ranking: 7. A 24th-place finish at California Speedway dropped DeFazio to 12th in the championship standings. He looks to recover and move back into the top 10 in points as he makes his first visit to Stockton 99 Speedway.
No. 13 - David Eshleman , Fontana, Calif. (No. 11 Cardenas Markets/Rush Truck Center Chevrolet). Eshleman Motorsports. Points: 336. Previous ranking: 12. Contact with another car led to a spin late in the race and a 16th-place finish at Fontana for Eshleman. He will get his first look at Stockton when the series visits the quarter-mile oval on May 29.
No. 14 - Clint Bowyer , Emporia, Kan. (No. 20 NAPA Filters NASCAR Select Chevrolet), Bill McAnally Racing. Points: 322. Previous ranking: 22. Competing in his second series race this season, Bowyer had a strong showing at Fontana. He won the Bud Pole Award and finished second. Bowyer runs a limited schedule for Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Busch Series.
No. 15 - Gene Woods , Ontario, Calif. (No. 7 Circle K/Monster Energy Drinks Dodge) Gene Woods Racing. Points: 318. Previous ranking: 14. Woods slipped one spot in the championship standings after finishing 20th at California Speedway. He looks forward to returning to Stockton, where he scored a sixth-place finish in his first visit there in 2002.
NEWS OF NOTE
TV reminder . The King Taco 200, which was broadcast live from California Speedway on HDNet, is slated to re-air on the SPEED Channel cable network on Saturday, May 15, at Noon ET.