NWS: Rookies at a glance after Yakima II

A look at the NASCAR Elite Division, Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series Victory Circle Chassis 2003 Rookie-of-the-Year Standings DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 5, 2003) - The following is a glance at the NASCAR Elite Division, Raybestos Brakes ...

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

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 5, 2003) - The following is a glance at the NASCAR Elite Division, Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series Rookie class of 2003 heading into the Coors Light "125" at Flathead Valley's Raceway Park Saturday, August 9. This will be race ten of 14 on the NASCAR Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series schedule. After the race at Yakima Speedway July 19, Jason Jefferson holds a 20-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 Yakima Speedway with a fourth 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 seven occasions this season. Jefferson is third in the overall standings after nine races, and sits just 92 points out of first place.

No. 2 - Jeff Bailey (No. 27 Frank & Son Auto Body Chevrolet), Bailey Racing.
Last week's ranking: 2nd. Bailey finished 12th at Yakima Speedway but lost ground to Jefferson in the rookie race. Bailey sits 9th in the overall standings. Bailey has started all nine 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 in 2003.

No. 3 - Rod Schultz Sr. (No. 01 RES Investments Chevrolet), RES Racing.
Last week's ranking: 3rd. Schultz Sr. finished 11th at Yakima Speedway July 19 and collected the Powerade Power Move-of-the-Race bonus of $750. Schultz Sr. has three top ten finishes this season and moves up to the 11th position in the overall point standings.

No. 4 - Brandon Riehl (No. 68 Darrel's Economy Muffler Chevrolet), Riehl Racing.
Last week's ranking: 4h. Riehl maintains the fourth spot in the Rookie standings after a 19th place effort at Yakima Speedway July 19. Riehl drops one position to the 13th position in the overall standings after nine events and sits just 76 points out of the NASCAR Top 10. Riehl has one top 5 and three top ten finishes this season.

No. 5 - Rod Schultz Jr. (No. 8 RES Investments Chevrolet), RES Racing.
Last week's ranking: 6th. Smith finished 9th at Yakima Speedway and continues his ascent up the standings. Schultz Jr. has three straight top ten performances and has moved into 16th in the overall point standings heading to Kalispell this weekend. Schultz Jr. will be visiting the high-banks of Raceway Park for the first time and looks for a solid finish to boost him closer to the NASCAR Top 10.

No. 6 - Brian Saling (No. 23 Pantrol Ford), Fast Fever Racing.
Last week's ranking: 7th. Saling continues to struggle in finishing races. Saling had a disappointing 16th place finish at Yakima Speedway July 19th after being one of the fastest cars all day. Saling has started eight of nine races this season with his best finish of 10th at Tri-City Raceway earlier this spring.

No. 7 - Ken Smith (Big O Tires Chevrolet), Smith Racing.
Last week's ranking: 5th. Smith did not compete at Yakima Speedway July 19th.

No. 8 - Robb Touchette (No. 45 Alternative Blasters Chevrolet), Touchette Racing.
Last week's ranking: 8th. Touchette did not compete at Yakima Speedway July 19.

No. 9 - Robert Tesch (No. 96 Tesch Family Racing Chevrolet), Tesch Family Racing.
Last week's ranking: 9th. Tesch has started five of nine races contested so far this season with his best finish of 16th at Evergreen Speedway in July. Tesch did not start the event at Yakima Speedway July 19 after dropping a dry sump belt that caused some engine damage. Tesch has made repairs to his family-owned Chevrolet and looks forward to his first ever visit to Flathead Valley's Raceway Park this weekend.

Fast Facts

NASCAR Rookies this week: 1. Jason Jefferson, 84; 2. Jeff Bailey, 64; 3. Rod Schultz Sr., 58; 4. Brandon Riehl, 48; 5. Rod Schultz Jr., 48; 6. Brian Saling, 46; 7. Ken Smith, 41; 8. Robb Touchette, 31; 9. Robert Tesch, 21.

Races at No. 1: Jason Jefferson (9).

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