NWS: Evergreen II: Top five news and notes

Jason Jefferson , Yakima, Wash. Jefferson winning the last series race at Tri-City Raceway is now permanently etched in the NASCAR Elite Division record book taking the first manufacturers NASCAR Elite Division win for the Dodge nameplate. With...

Jason Jefferson , Yakima, Wash.
Jefferson winning the last series race at Tri-City Raceway is now permanently etched in the NASCAR Elite Division record book taking the first manufacturers NASCAR Elite Division win for the Dodge nameplate. With ten career Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series starts, Jefferson has logged two wins, four top-5, and five top-10 finishes. Jefferson is the current series championship point leader, and has taken Victory Circle Chassis rookie-of-the race honors in both races of the 2003 season. With twenty points he leads the rookie race by four points over Brian Saling.

Joe Benedetti ,Auburn, Wash.
With one top-5 and one top-10 finish this season Benedetti sits second in the championship point race thirty-five back of Jefferson. Benedetti has sixty-eight career starts, two wins, twenty-two top-5 and thirty-eight top-10 finishes. His last Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series win was May 22, 1999 at South Sound Speedway.

John Bender ,Monroe, Wash.
The 2001 Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series rookie-of-the-year Bender has one top-5 and one top-10 finish this season. Bender won the POWERade "Power Move of the Race" award in the first race of the season at Evergreen Speedway when he started eighteenth and finished fifth. The 2000 late model champion at Evergreen Speedway Bender has vast seat time on Evergreen's .375-mile track, and is hunting for his first series win.

Pete Harding ,Surrey, B.C.
Harding the 1999 Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series Champion won the first race of the 2003 season taking his sixteenth career NW Series win on Evergreen's .625 mile track. With sixty-seven top-5 and ninety-four top-10 finishes in the books Harding finished thirteenth at Tri-City Raceway and lands fourth in the championship point race forty-one points back. Harding holds the Evergreen Speedway .375-mile track record set in 1989 at 16.897 seconds.

Jeff Jefferson ,Naches, Wash.
With nine career Bud Pole awards Jefferson, the two-time Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series Bud Pole Champion has taken fast time in both races of the 2003 season. Finishing thirteenth in the first race of the season at Evergreen Speedway Jefferson made up ground at Tri-City Raceway with a second place finish. He sits fifth in the championship point race fifty-one points back of younger brother Jason.

Notes of Interest

Brian Saling, of Spokane, Wash., Driver of the #23 Pantrol/Parts Plus, Ford Taurus scored his first NASCAR Elite Division, Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series top-10 finish at Tri-City Raceway. He sits second in the Victory Circle Chassis Rookie-of-the-Year point race, four points back of Jason Jefferson.

Victory Circle, a chassis design and fabrication company located in Bakersfield, Calif., sponsors the 2003 rookie-of-the-year award for the NASCAR Elite Division. With this new sponsorship, first-year drivers in the four NASCAR Elite Divisions are now eligible for $20,000 in post-season awards.

Fox Sports Net will record then televise the Evergreen Speedway Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series event. The race will be televised in a one-hour highlight format. Scheduled air times are May 19 - 25. Fans are encouraged to check their local Fox Sports Net listings for specific dates and times.

Evergreen Speedway boasts the largest NASCAR sanctioned racing facility in the northwest region with covered seating for 8,300 fans, and a total seating capacity of 15,000 racing fans. Evergreen Speedway is known as "The Superspeedway of the Northwest."

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Drivers Jeff Jefferson , Jason Jefferson , John Bender