WWS: Mesa Marin: Notes, schedule

NEWS & NOTES The race. This event is the 12th of 13 races on the series schedule for 2003. It is the only visit by the series to the Bakersfield facility this season. The track. Mesa Marin Raceway is a high-banked, half-mile paved oval with ...

NEWS & NOTES

The race. This event is the 12th of 13 races on the series schedule for 2003. It is the only visit by the series to the Bakersfield facility this season.

The track. Mesa Marin Raceway is a high-banked, half-mile paved oval with turns banked 17 degrees and seven degrees banking in the straights. The track has hosted 40 Winston West Series races.

The race distance. Only two of the 40 series events at Mesa Marin Raceway were 150-lap races - 1981 and 1982. Series races at Bakersfield during the past two decades have varied from 200 laps to 400 laps.

Notable winners. The 40 series races at Bakersfield produced 23 different winners. Bobby Allison and Ken Schrader are among those who visited victory lane there.

Multiple wins. Bill Sedgwick, with six victories, has the most series wins at Mesa Marin Raceway. He reached victory lane there in 1990, 1991, 1992, twice in 1993 and in 1995.

Most poles. Sedgwick has won seven Bud Pole Awards at the Bakersfield track. Butch Gilliland is second on the list with five Bud Poles.

Return performance. Gilliland has taken the green flag at Mesa Marin in 26 series events, more than any driver in the series. Jack Sellers (No. 15 Aramark Chevrolet) is second on the list with 25 starts.

Top marks. Bill Schmitt holds the record for the most top-five finishes in series competition at the half-mile track, with 15. He also holds the record for the most top-10 finishes, with 19.

Home cookin'. Steve Portenga (No. 77 King Taco Ford) now calls Bakersfield home. He finished second in both series events on the high-banked, half-mile track in 2000 and visited victory lane in the only series visit in 2001.

Show me the money. Sedgwick leads in terms of money won in Winston West Series events at Mesa Marin. His winnings for the 23 races he has competed in on the half-mile track total $106,821.

Running out front. Sedgwick also leads in terms of laps led in series competition at the track. He has been out front for 1,820 laps around the high-banked facility.

Manufacturers' battle. Chevrolet leads in manufacturer wins at Mesa Marin Raceway with 18.

Stat of the race. Eleven of the 40 series races at Mesa Marin Raceway were won from the Bud Pole. The last three events, however, were won by a driver who started on the outside of the front row.

Etc.. There have been 253 different drivers compete in series races at Mesa Marin Raceway since the first visit in May of 1977.

Raybestos Brakes Rookie Award clinched. Scott Lynch (No. 08 Yerf-Dog/Orleans Dodge) has clinched the Raybestos Brakes Rookie of the Year Award for 2003. Lynch dominated the competition, coming home as the top finishing rookie in 10 of the first 11 races this season. The Burley, Idaho, driver also has a slim lead in the overall standings - in his attempt to become the second driver in the history of the series to win the series championship in his rookie year.

Leading the pack. Austin Cameron (No. 16 NAPA/NAPA Belts & Hose Chevrolet) has led the most laps of series competition so far this year. He has been on the point for 423 laps.

Most laps completed. Lynch has completed the most laps of competition, running 1,927 out of the 1,932 possible.

Best average finish. The average finish for Lynch and Portenga are identical. Each has an average finish of 5.45 in the 11 races completed.

From the archives. On Oct. 16, 1994, Ken Schrader dominated the closing stages of the event to win at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif.

Fast Facts

What: Lucas Oil 150,
NASCAR Grand National Division, Winston West Series Race #12 of 13
Where: Mesa Marin Raceway, Bakersfield, Calif.
When: 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 19.
Track layout: .5-mile paved oval.
Distance: 150 Laps, 75 miles.

TV: SPEED Channel
(tape-delay, Oct. 27, 8 p.m. ET)

Pre-race schedule:
Sunday -
Practice, 9:15-10 a.m., 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Qualifying, 1 p.m.

Note: All times subject to change.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Ken Schrader , Steve Portenga , Jack Sellers , Scott Lynch , Bobby Allison , Austin Cameron