NWS: Top rookies at a glance 2003-08-19

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. (August 19, 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. (August 19, 2003) - The following is a glance at the NASCAR Elite Division, Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series Rookie class of 2003 heading into the Northwest Chevy Dealers "150" at Pacific Raceways Sunday, August 24. This will be race eleven of 14 on the NASCAR Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series schedule. After the race at Raceway Park August 9, Jason Jefferson holds a 24-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), Simmonson Racing. Last week's ranking: 1st. Jefferson was the top finishing rookie at Raceway Park 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 moved up to second in the overall standings after ten races, and sits just 102 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 21st at Raceway Park and lost ground to Jefferson in the rookie race. Bailey drops to 10th in the overall standings after starting all ten 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 19th at Raceway Park August 9 after a late race accident left the Chevrolet pilot out of the race and on the hook. 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 7th place effort at Raceway Park August 9. Riehl looked to have his first career win in hand after a last lap pass of leader Kevin Hamlin. As the duo exited turn four, contact between the two left Riehl spinning and the win out of his grasps. Riehl will make his first road course start this weekend at Pacific Raceways.

No. 5 - Brian Saling
(No. 23 Pantrol Ford), Fast Fever Racing. Last week's ranking: 6th. Saling finished16th after starting in the 21st position at Raceway Park August 9. Saling has moved up to 17th in the overall standings and will make his first career start on the road course at Pacific Raceways this weekend.

No. 6 - Rod Schultz Jr.
(No. 8 RES Investments Chevrolet), RES Racing. Last week's ranking: 5th. Schultz Jr. finished outside the top ten for the first time in three races after being caught up in a late race accident at Raceway Park August 9. Schultz Jr. finished 22nd after another top ten qualifying effort. Schultz Jr. has moved up 16th in the overall standings and sits just 221 points out of the NASCAR Top 10.

No. 7 - Ken Smith
(Big O Tires Chevrolet), Smith Racing. Last week's ranking: 5th. Smith did not compete at Raceway Park August 9.

No. 8 - Robb Touchette
(No. 45 Alternative Blasters Chevrolet), Touchette Racing. Last week's ranking: 8th. Touchette did not compete at Raceway Park August 9.

No. 9 - Robert Tesch
(No. 96 Tesch Family Racing Chevrolet), Tesch Family Racing. Last week's ranking: 9th. Tesch has started five of ten races contested so far this season with his best finish of 16th at Evergreen Speedway in July. Tesch did not start the event at Raceway Park July 19 after loosing a motor in practice for the second race in a row. Tesch will be sidelined for the next few weeks while he and his team regroup in their first season racing on pavement.

Fast Facts

NASCAR Rookies this week: 1. Jason Jefferson, 94; 2. Jeff Bailey, 70; 3. Rod Schultz Sr., 65; 4. Brandon Riehl, 57; 5. Brian Saling, 54; 6. Rod Schultz Jr., 53; 7. Ken Smith, 41; 8. Robb Touchette, 31; 9. Robert Tesch, 21.

Races at No. 1: Jason Jefferson (10).

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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Series NASCAR
Drivers Jeff Bailey , Jason Jefferson , Kevin Hamlin