NWS: Top ten at a glance after Evergreen III

NASCAR Top 10 at a Glance - A look at the NASCAR Elite Division, Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series Top 10 drivers DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 16, 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 16, 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 Franks Chevrolet "125" at Yakima Speedway in Yakima, Wash. July 19. The race in Yakima, Wash. will be race 9 of 14 on the NASCAR Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series schedule.

No. 1 - Chris Hart (No. 5 Yakima Implement Chevrolet), Hart Racing.
Last week's ranking: 1st. Hart scored his second victory of 2003 with a thrilling performance at Evergreen Speedway last Saturday night. Hart maintains the top spot in the NASCAR Top 10 for the third consecutive race as he chases his first series' title. Hart has two wins, six top 5, and seven top 10 performances in eight starts. He has also completed 1004 of 1005 laps run this season.

No. 2 - Jason Jefferson (No. 97 Northwest Dodge Dealers Dodge), Simonson Racing.
Last week's ranking: 3rd. Jason Jefferson has moved into second place in the standings on the strength of five top 5 performances including a runner-up finish at Evergreen Speedway last weekend. Jefferson has one win on the season and currently leads the Victory Circle Chassis' Rookie-of-the-Year standings.

No. 3 - Jeff Jefferson (No. 42 Morgan Transport Chevrolet), Allison Racing.
Last week's ranking: 2nd. Jeff Jefferson finished 6th at Evergreen Speedway but fell one position in the points. In eight starts in 2003, Jefferson has one win, three top 5 and six top 10 finishes. He has also completed 1004 laps out of a possible 1005 contested to date.

No. 4 - Gary Lewis (No. 73 The Sign Factory Pontiac), Lewis Racing.
Last week's ranking: 5th. Lewis is quietly moving his way to the top of the standings after a strong fourth place performance at Evergreen Speedway last weekend. Lewis has climbed up the standings after each race this season and finds himself only 104 points out of the lead. In eight starts, Lewis has one win, five top 5 and six top finishes.

No. 5 - John Bender (No. 18 Big Daddy's Bar & Grill Chevrolet), Kearny Racing.
Last week's ranking: 4th. Bender had another disappointing out at Evergreen Speedway last weekend finishing 25th. For the third consecutive race, Bender has dropped in the point standings but hope to put that behind him this week at Yakima. Bender won at Yakima in May for his second win of the season. Bender has two wins, three top 5 and five top ten finishes in eight starts.

No. 6 - Joe Benedetti (No. 2 Racecals Pontiac), Benedetti Racing.
Last week's ranking: 6th. Benedetti maintains sixth place in the NASCAR Top 10 after a 23rd place finish at Evergreen Speedway last week and maintains a position in the NASCAR Top 10 for eight consecutive races. Benedetti has two top 5 and four top 10 finishes in eight starts this season.

No. 7 - Kevin Hamlin (No. 33 Bowman's Electro Painting Chevrolet), Hamlin Racing.
Last week's ranking: 8th. Hamlin rebounded at Evergreen Speedway with a third place finish after leading much of the race. Hamlin has his team pointed in the right direction after a disappointed first half to the season. In eight starts, Hamlin has four top 5 finishes.

No. 8- Steven Howard (No. 38 B&R Plumbing Chevrolet), Howard Racing.
Last week's ranking: 7th. Howard drops one position in the NASCAR Top 10 after an 11th place finish at Evergreen Speedway last weekend. Howard finished 10th at Yakima back in May and looks to maintain his top 10 standings with another strong effort. In eight starts, Howard has four top 10 finishes and has stayed in the NASCAR Top 10 for eight consecutive races.

No. 9 - Jeff Bailey (No. 27 Frank & Son Auto Body Chevrolet), Bailey Racing.
Last week's ranking: 10th. Bailey has hung around the NASCAR Top 10 all season and moves back up to ninth in the overall standings after finishing seventh at Evergreen Speedway last weekend. Bailey was one of four Victory Circle Chassis' Rookie-of-the-Year contenders to finish in the top 10 in Monroe and maintains second place in the rookie standings. Bailey has one top 5 and three top 10 performances in eight starts.

No. 10 - Rick Suran (No. 40 Eastside Paving Pontiac), Suran Racing.
Last week's ranking: 12th. Suran joins the NASCAR Top 10 for the second time this season and first time since March. Suran finished 9th at Evergreen Speedway and continues his push up the standings. Suran has four top 10 finishes in seven starts in 2003. Suran finished 11th at Yakima Speedway back in May.

Fast Facts

NASCAR Top 10 this week: 1. Chris Hart,1288; 2. Jason Jefferson, 1216; 3. Jeff Jefferson, 1213; 4. Gary Lewis, 1184; 5. John Bender 1128; 6. Joe Benedetti, 1071; 7. Kevin Hamlin, 1054; 8. Steven Howard, 1052; 9. Jeff Bailey, 1012; 10. Rick Suran, 988.

Races at No. 1: Chris Hart (3), John Bender (2), Pete Harding (1), Jason Jefferson (1), Jeff Jefferson (1),

New arrivals in the NASCAR Top 10 this week: Rick Suran (10th).

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

Biggest mover among the Top 10: Rick Suran (12th to 10th).

Dropped out of the NASCAR Top 10 this week: Garrett Evans (11th)

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