NWS: Rookies at a glance after Yakima

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. (June 12, 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. (June 12, 2003) - The following is a glance at the NASCAR Elite Division, Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series Rookie class of 2003 heading into the Pepsi "125" at Magic Valley Speedway Saturday, June 14. This will be race 6 of 14 on the NASCAR Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series schedule. After the race at Yakima Speedway May 31, Jason Jefferson holds an eight-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 three occasions this season.

No. 2 - Jeff Bailey (No. 27 Frank & Son Auto Body Chevrolet), Bailey Racing.
Last week's ranking: 2nd. Bailey finished 12th at Yakima and joined the NASCAR Top 10. Bailey was the top finishing rookie at Wenatchee with a sixth place effort. Bailey has started all five races thus far this season and has a career best finish of third at Tri-City Raceway.

No. 3 - Ken Smith (No. 92 Big O Tires Chevrolet), Smith Racing.
Last week's ranking: 3rd. Smith had a 17th place finish at Yakima and maintains third place in the Victory Circle Chassis ROTY standings. Smith has started all five races thus far this season and has a best finish of 12th at Wenatchee.

No. 4 - Brain Saling (No. 23 Pantrol Ford), Fast Fever Racing.
Last week's ranking: 4th. Saling finished 28th at Yakima after losing an engine just five laps into the event. Saling has started all five events this season with his best finish of tenth coming at Tri-City Raceway.

No. 5 - Rod Schultz Sr. (No. 51 RES Investments Chevrolet), Schultz Racing.
Last week's ranking: 5th. Schultz Sr. scored a 6th place effort at Yakima and moved up to 13th in the overall point standings. Schultz Sr. has qualified for four of the first five races contested so far this season.

No. 6 - Brandon Riehl (No. 68 Darrel's Economy Mufflers Chevrolet), Riehl Racing.
Last week's ranking: 8th. Riehl scored his best finish of the season at Yakima during the last event. His 7th place effort boosted his standing in the rookie race by two positions. Riehl has qualified for four of the first five races with his best qualifying position of second coming in the seasons first two races.

No. 7 - Rod Schultz Jr. (No. 01 RES Investments Chevrolet), Schultz Racing.
Last week's ranking: 7th. Schultz Jr. finished a disappointing 20th at Yakima Speedway after starting from the outside front row. Schultz Jr. has qualified for four of the first five races of the season with his best finish of 17th coming in the season opener at Evergreen Speedway.

No. 8 - Robb Touchette (No. 45 Alternative Blasters Chevrolet), Touchette Racing.
Last week's ranking: 6th. Touchette has started only two races this season, both at Evergreen Speedway where he has a 7th and a 2nd place finish.

No. 9 - Robert Tesch (No. 96 Tesch Family Racing Chevrolet), Tesch Family Racing.
Last week's ranking: 9th. Tesch has started three of five races contested so far this season with his best finish of 18th at the series' last stop at Yakima Speedway. Tesch has attempted to qualify for all five races this season.

Fast Facts

NASCAR Rookies this week: 1. Jason Jefferson, 44; 2. Jeff Bailey, 37; 3. Ken Smith, 35; 4. Brian Saling, 32; 5. Rod Schultz Sr., 31; 6. Brandon Riehl, 20; 7. Rod Schultz Jr., 19; 8. Robb Touchette, 19; 9. Robert Tesch, 11.

Races at No. 1: Jason Jefferson (5).

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