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NASCAR Rookies at a Glance - A Look at the NASCAR Elite Division, Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series Victory Circle Chassis 2003 Rookie-of-the-Year Standings DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 16, 2003) - The following is a glance at the NASCAR Elite ...

NASCAR Rookies at a Glance - A Look at the NASCAR Elite Division, Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series Victory Circle Chassis 2003 Rookie-of-the-Year Standings

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 16, 2003) - The following is a glance at the NASCAR Elite Division, Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series Rookie class of 2003 heading into the Franks Chevrolet "125" at the Yakima Speedway Saturday, July 19. This will be race 9 of 14 on the NASCAR Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series schedule. After the race at Evergreen Speedway July 12, Jason Jefferson holds a 17-point lead over Jeff Bailey for the Victory Circle Chassis Rookie-of-the-Year Award.

No. 1 - Jason Jefferson (No. 97 Northwest Dodge Dealers Dodge), Simonson Racing. Last week's ranking: 1st. Jefferson was the top finishing rookie at Evergreen Speedway with a second place finish. Jefferson has held the top spot in the Victory Circle Chassis ROTY standings since the opening race and has collected rookie-of-the-race on six occasions this season. Jefferson is second in the overall standings after 8 races, and sits just 62 points jout of first place.

No. 2 - Jeff Bailey (No. 27 Frank & Son Auto Body Chevrolet), Bailey Racing. Last week's ranking: 2nd. Bailey finished 7th at Evergreen Speedway but lost ground to Jefferson in the rookie race. Bailey sits 9th in the overall standings. Bailey has started all eight races thus far this season and has a career best finish of third at Tri-City Raceway. Bailey has one top 5 and three top 10 performances through eight races this seaosn.

No. 3 - Rod Schultz Sr. (No. 01 RES Investments Chevrolet), RES Racing. Last week's ranking: 3rd. Schultz Sr. finished 28th at Evergreen Speedway last weekend after being involved in an accident. Schultz Sr. has three top ten finishes this season and drops to the 12th position in the overall point standings.

No. 4 - Brandon Riehl (No. 68 Darrel's Economy Muffler Chevrolet), Riehl Racing.
Last week's ranking: 6th. Riehl jumps two spots in the rookie standings after finishing 5th at Evergreen Speedway. Riehl has also climbed into the 13th position in the overall standings after eight events and sits just 61 points out of the NASCAR Top 10. Riehl has one top 5 and three top ten finishes this season.

No. 5 - Ken Smith (No. 92 Big O Tires Chevrolet), Smith Racing.
Last week's ranking: 5th. Smith finished 15th at Evergreen Speedway after missing two races, but maintains 5th place in the rookie standings on the strength of strong performances earlier in the season.

No. 6 - Rod Schultz Jr. (No. 8 RES Investments Chevrolet), Schultz Racing.
Last week's ranking: 7th. Schultz Jr. collected his second straight top 10 finish and career best finish of 8th at Evergreen Speedway last Saturday. Schultz has gained confidence over the first half of the season and has improved his performance at each track. In seven starts, Schultz Jr. has two top 10 finishes.

No. 7 - Brian Saling (No. 23 Pantrol Parts Ford), Fast Fever Racing.
Last week's ranking: 6th. Saling finished 21st at Evergreen Speedway last weekend, four laps off the pace. Sailing has started seven of eight races this season with one top 10 performance. Saling currently sits 18th in the overall standings, 139 points out of the NASCAR Top 10.

No. 8 - Robb Touchette (No. 45 Alternative Blasters Chevrolet), Touchette Racing.
Last week's ranking: 8th. Touchette made his fourth start of the 2003 season and had a 16th place finish at Evergreen Speedway last weekend. Touchette has one top five and three top ten performances in his four series starts.

No. 9 - Robert Tesch (No. 96 Tesch Family Racing Chevrolet), Tesch Family Racing.
Last week's ranking: 9th. Tesch has started five of eight races contested so far this season with his best finish of 16th at Evergreen Speedway this past weekend. Tesch finished 18th at Yakima back in May and looks to improve on his second visit to the facility. Tesch has moved up to 21st in the overall series standings.

Fast Facts

NASCAR Rookies this week: 1. Jason Jefferson, 74; 2. Jeff Bailey, 57; 3. Rod Schultz Sr., 49; 4. Brandon Riehl, 43; 5. Ken Smith, 41; 6. Rod Schultz Jr., 40; 7. Brian Saling, 40; 8. Robb Touchette, 31; 9. Robert Tesch, 21.

Races at No. 1: Jason Jefferson (8).

Victory Circle Chassis' offers a season ending bonus of $5,000 to the top finishing rookie at season ending banquet in October. Each rookie competitor earns rookie points for each race they start. No rookie points are awarded for races a rookie fails to qualify for. Points are awarded on a declining scale with the top finishing rookie receiving 10 points then 9,8.7 and so on. Each rookie will count their best 12 finishes of the 14 race schedule towards the 2003 Rookie-of-the-Year championship.

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Drivers Jeff Bailey , Jason Jefferson