NWS: Top 10 at a glance 2003-07-09

NASCAR Top 10 at a Glance - A Look at the NASCAR Elite Division, Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series Top 10 drivers DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 9, 2003) - The following is a glance at the NASCAR Elite Division, Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series Top...

NASCAR Top 10 at a Glance - A Look at the NASCAR Elite Division, Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series Top 10 drivers

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 9, 2003) - The following is a glance at the NASCAR Elite Division, Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series Top 10 in the series championship standings heading into the Parts Plus "125" at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash. July 12. The race in Monroe, Wash. will be race 8 of 14 on the NASCAR Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series schedule and starts the second half of the season and a run for the series' championship.

No. 1 - Chris Hart (No. 5 Yakima Implement Chevrolet), Hart Racing.
Last week's ranking: 1st. Hart scored his first victory of 2003 with a dominating performance at WVSO last Saturday night. Hart maintains the top spot in the NASCAR Top 10 for the second consecutive race as he chases his first series' title. Hart has one win, five top 5's, and six top 10's in seven starts. He has also completed 877 of 878 laps run this season.

No. 2 - Jeff Jefferson (No. 42 Morgan Transport Chevrolet), Allison Racing.
Last week's ranking: 3rd. Jeff Jefferson has quietly moved into second place in the standings on the strength of five top 10 performances including a third place finish at WVSO last weekend. Jefferson has one win on the season and has completed all but one lap contested in 2003.

No. 3 - Jason Jefferson (No. 97 Northwest Dodge Dealers Dodge), Simmonson Racing.
Last week's ranking: 4th. Jason Jefferson finished 6th for the second consecutive race but moved into third place in the standings. Jason Jefferson is attempting to win Victory Circle Rookie-of-the-Year honors and the series' championship this season and sits just 62 points out of the top spot. In seven starts, Jefferson has one win, four top 5, and five top 10 performances.

No. 4 - John Bender (No. 18 Big Daddy's Bar & Grill Chevrolet), Kearney Racing.
Last week's ranking: 2nd. Bender drops two positions in the standings after an 8th place finish at WVSO. Bender sits just 68 points behind Hart. Bender is the only driver to score two wins this season and has five top 10 performances in seven starts.

No. 5 - Gary Lewis (No. 73 Sign Factory Pontiac), Lewis Racing.
Last week's ranking: 6th. Lewis continues to climb in the standings after a third place finish at WVSO last weekend. After a rocky start to the season, Lewis has rebounded with five top ten performances including a win in June at Magic Valley Speedway. Lewis has completed 870 of 878 laps run this season and has seven wins at Evergreen.

No. 6 - Joe Benedetti (No. 2 Racecals Pontiac), Benedetti Racing.
Last week's ranking: 5th. Benedetti drops one position in the standings after a 15th place finish at WVSO last week and maintains a position in the NASCAR Top 10 for seven consecutive races. Benedetti has two top 5 and four top 10 finishes in seven starts this season.

No. 7 - Steven Howard (No. 38 B&R Plumbing Chevrolet), Howard Racing.
Last week's ranking: 7th. Howard tallied a 14th place finish at WVSO July 5 to maintain the 7th position in the NASCAR Top 10. On the season Howard has four top ten performances in seven starts. Howard has also maintained his place in the NASCAR Top 10 for seven consecutive races. Howard has completed 876 laps out of 878 laps run this season.

No. 8- Kevin Hamlin (No. 33 American Dream Chevrolet), American Dream Motorsports.
Last week's ranking: 8th. Hamlin maintains the 8th spot in the NASCAR Top 10 for the third consecutive race after a disappointing 20th place finish at WVSO July 5. Hamlin dropped to 219 points behind point leader Hart. Hamlin has three top five and three top ten finishes in seven starts this season. The race at Evergreen is important for Hamlin in his quest for a third straight series title. Hamlin has two wins on the 5/8-mile oval.

No. 9 - Garrett Evans (No. 64 Leonard Evans Hyundai Chevrolet), Evans Racing.
Last week's ranking: 13th. Evans jumps into the NASCAR Top 10 for second time this season after a solid 4th place performance at WVSO last weekend. Evans has had a disappointing season up to this point with only one top 5 and two top 10 finishes, but heads to Evergreen Speedway with momentum. Evans has 13 victories and 16 Bud Pole Awards at Evergreen Speedway and looks to make a run for his fifth series title. Evans sits just 235 points out of the series lead.

No. 10 - Jeff Bailey (No. 27 Frank & Son Auto Body Chevrolet), Bailey Racing.
Last week's ranking: 9th. Bailey drops one spot in the standings after a 19th place finish at WVSO. In seven starts, Bailey has one top 5 and two top 10 finishes, and looks to score his first top ten finish at Evergreen Speedway in Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series competition. Bailey stands second in the Victory Circle Chassis Rookie-of-the-Year standings behind Jason Jefferson.

Fast Facts

NASCAR Top 10 this week: 1. Chris Hart,1108; 2. Jeff Jefferson, 1063; 3. Jason Jefferson, 1046; 4. John Bender, 1040; 5. Gary Lewis 1024; 6. Joe Benedetti, 977; 7. Steven Howard, 922; 8. Kevin Hamlin, 889; 9. Garrett Evans, 873; 10. Jeff Bailey, 866.

Races at No. 1: Pete Harding (1), Jason Jefferson (1), John Bender (2), Jeff Jefferson (1), Chris Hart (2).

New arrivals in the NASCAR Top 10 this week: Garrett Evans (9th).

Most weeks in the NASCAR Top 10: Five Drivers tied at seven races. (Chris Hart, Jeff Jefferson, Jason Jefferson, John Bender, Steven Howard).

Biggest mover among the Top 10: Garrett Evans (13th to 9th).

Dropped out of the NASCAR Top 10 this week: Pete Harding (18th)

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Jeff Jefferson , Jeff Bailey , Jason Jefferson , John Bender , Kevin Hamlin , Gary Lewis