NASCAR Top 10 at a Glance: A Look at the NASCAR Elite Division, International Truck and Engine Corporation Midwest Series Top 10 drivers DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 25, 2003) -- The following is a glance at the NASCAR Elite Division,...
NASCAR Top 10 at a Glance:
A Look at the NASCAR Elite Division, International Truck and Engine Corporation Midwest Series Top 10 drivers
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 25, 2003) -- The following is a glance at the NASCAR Elite Division, International Truck and Engine Corporation Midwest Series Top 10 in the championship heading into the Spring Sizzler 200 at Wisconsin Dells Motor Speedway, May 10. This will be race 2 of 12 on the NASCAR International Truck and Engine Corporation Midwest Series schedule:
No. 1 Steve Carlson
(No. 66 Lefthander Chassis Chevrolet)
Carlson Motorsports. Last week's ranking: N/A. After two consecutive trips to Rockford (Ill) Speedway without a win, Carlson got back on track at the oval that he has mastered the last several years. Of the 254 laps, Carlson led probably the last 100 feet, but that's all that matters. Carlson is searching for his ninth career Midwest Series title in 2003.
No. 2 Ron Breese, Jr
(No. 01 EWT, Inc Chevrolet)
RBR, Inc. Last week's ranking: N/A. Breese has stated that his plans call for him to run roughly 80% of the 2003 International Truck and Engine Corporation Midwest Series schedule. If he continues to run as good as he did at the opener, those plans might change. He started 12th and was in a position to win until the last corner of the last lap.
No. 3 Justin Diercks
(No. 29 Adrian Carriers Chevrolet)
Steve and Lisa Diercks Motorsports. Last week's ranking: N/A. For the first few years of his Midwest Series racing career, Diercks was known as a "Big Track" specialist and as one who struggles at the short tracks. In 2002, however, he greatly improved at the series' short tracks and appears to have rounded out his game nicely. The 3rd place Rockford finish was a career best at the tight .29167-mile bullring and gets him off to his best career point start.
No. 4 Eric Fransen
(No. 16 Sonya's Rose Chevrolet)
Dan and Sonya DelCamp Racing. Last week's ranking: N/A. The rookie impressed many at Rockford by leading 253 laps and refused to get rattled by the veteran Carlson. Push gave way to shove on the final lap, however, and Fransen got jostled back to 4th. None the less, he heads to Wisconsin Dells Motor Speedway as the leader of the Victory Circle Chassis Rookie of the Year standings and has served notice that he is a championship contender.
No. 5 Tim Schendel
(No. 21 Mathews Solo Cam Bows Chevrolet)
Iron Eagle Racing. Last week's ranking: N/A. Schendel very quietly ran at the front of the field all day at Rockford and came away with a 5th place run at a track that has not been kind to him in the past. Schendel looks to rebound from a disappointing 2002 that saw him post too many DNF's to contend for a title.
No. 6 Jeff Way
(No. 68 Wauwatosa Savings and Loan Chevrolet)
Blakely Racing. Last week's ranking: N/A. Way started 20th and drove a masterful race at Rockford. He stayed out of trouble and was the last car on the lead lap at the checkered. The 6th place finish was, by far, a career best run for the second year shoe, in fact it was his first career top-10.
No. 7 Bryan Roach
(No. 99 Northern Racing Products Chevrolet)
Roach Racing. Last week's ranking: N/A. The second year Midwest Series driver came into the series with a long list of credentials, but struggled in 2002. The new season got off to a great start for Roach as he survived a late race tussle and came home with his best career finish. Roach now looks to parlay the strong Rockford run into a solid run at Wisconsin Dells Motor Speedway, and an event he failed to qualify for in 2002.
No. 8 Josh Vadnais
(No. 11 Northern Racing Products Chevrolet)
Vadnais Racing. Last week's ranking: N/A. The 2002 Rookie of the Year got the new season off to a solid start at Rockford. Vadnais was tangled up in two minor spins, but recovered to finish 8th. Vadnais now travels to Wisconsin Dells Motor Speedway, a track he was the Bud Pole Fast Qualifier at in 2002, in search of his first career triumph.
No. 9 Mark Voigt
(No. 30 Bilstein Shocks Chevrolet)
Voigt Racing. Last week's ranking: N/A. After a limited 2002 run behind the wheel of Dave Bean's Chevrolet, Voigt returns in 2003 prepared to make a run at Victory Circle Chassis Rookie of the Year honors. Voigt had a solid run and posted his best career Midwest Series finish at Rockford.
No. 10 Doug Klein
(No. 10 Westpointe Bank Pontiac)
Friedrich Motorsports. Last week's ranking: N/A. For the past several years, Klein has been a part-time Midwest Series competitor and family business obligations will probably limit the 2003 campaign to the same status, although it's Klein's intention to run as much of the schedule as possible. That doesn't take away, however, from a fantastic run that saw him post his first top-10 finish in over five years.