NWS: Top ten at a glance after Yakima II

A look at the NASCAR Elite Division, Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series Top 10 drivers. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 5, 2003) - The following is a glance at the NASCAR Elite Division, Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series Top 10 in the series ...

A look at the NASCAR Elite Division, Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series Top 10 drivers.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 5, 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 Coors Light "125" at Flathead Valley's Raceway Park in Kalispell, Mont. Saturday, August 9. The race in Kalispell, Mont. will be race 10 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 third victory of 2003 with a dominating performance at Yakima Speedway July 19. Hart maintains the top spot in the NASCAR Top 10 for the fourth consecutive race and extended his point lead over Jeff Jefferson by 90 points. Hart has three wins, seven top 5, and eight top 10 performances in nine starts. He has also completed 1130 of 1131 laps run this season.

No. 2 - Jeff Jefferson (No. 42 Morgan Transport Chevrolet), Allison Racing.
Last week's ranking: 3rd. Jeff Jefferson has moved into second place in the standings on the strength of four top 5 performances including a third place finish at Yakima Speedway July 19. Jefferson has one win on the season and has completed 1130 of 1131 laps run this season.

No. 3 - Jason Jefferson (No. 97 Northwest Dodge Dealers Dodge), Simmonson Racing.
Last week's ranking: 2nd. Jason Jefferson finished 4th at Yakima Speedway but fell one position in the points. In nine starts in 2003, Jefferson has one win, six top 5 and seven top 10 finishes. He has also completed 1110 laps out of a possible 1131 contested to date, and leads the Victory Circle Chassis' Rookie-of-the-Year standings by 20 points over Jeff Bailey. Jason Jefferson will be making his first start at Raceway Park this weekend.

No. 4 - Gary Lewis (No. 73 The Sign Factory Pontiac), Lewis Racing.
Last week's ranking: 4th. Lewis continues his way to the top of the standings and his bid for a second series championship after a runner-up performance at Yakima Speedway July 19. Lewis maintains the fourth spot in the standings and finds himself only 114 points out of the lead. In nine starts, Lewis has one win, six top 5 and seven top finishes, along with 1123 laps completed out of 1131 contested.

No. 5 - John Bender (No. 18 Big Daddy's Bar & Grill Chevrolet), Kearny Racing.
Last week's ranking: 5th. Bender rebounded after a couple of disappointing outings with a 6th place performance at Yakima Speedway July 19. Bender has two wins, three top five and six top ten finishes in nine starts this season with 1093 laps completed.

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 7th place finish at Yakima Speedway July 19 and maintains a position in the NASCAR Top 10 for the ninth consecutive race. Benedetti has two top 5 and five top 10 finishes in nine starts this season.

No. 7 - Kevin Hamlin (No. 33 Bowman's Electro Painting Chevrolet), Hamlin Racing.
Last week's ranking: 7th. Hamlin scored his fifth top five finish of the season with a 5th place effort at Yakima Speedway July 19. Hamlin is the two-time defending series champion but finds himself on the uphill side of the title chase for the first time. Hamlin has five top five finishes this season and looks forward to a return to Raceway Park where he has three straight fourth place finishes.

No. 8- Steven Howard (No. 38 B&R Plumbing Chevrolet), Howard Racing.
Last week's ranking: 8th. Howard maintains the 8th position in the NASCAR Top 10 after an 18th place finish at Yakima Speedway July 19. Howard suffered first DNF of the season at Yakima. In nine starts, Howard has four top 10 finishes and has stayed in the NASCAR Top 10 for nine consecutive races.

No. 9 - Jeff Bailey (No. 27 Frank & Son Auto Body Chevrolet), Bailey Racing.
Last week's ranking: 9th. Bailey has hung around the NASCAR Top 10 all season and stays in the ninth spot in the overall standings after finishing 12th at Yakima Speedway July 19. Bailey maintains second place in the Victory Circle Chassis' Rookie-of-the-Year standings. Bailey has one top 5 and three top 10 performances in nine starts.

No. 10 - Rick Suran (No. 40 Eastside Paving Pontiac), Suran Racing.
Last week's ranking: 10th. Suran maintains the 10th spot in the standings for the second straight race after a 14th effort at Yakima Speedway July 19. Suran continues his push up the standings with four top 10 finishes in eight starts in 2003.

Fast Facts

NASCAR Top 10 this week: 1. Chris Hart,1468; 2. Jeff Jefferson, 1378; 3. Jason Jefferson, 1376; 4. Gary Lewis, 1354; 5. John Bender 1278; 6. Joe Benedetti, 1217; 7. Kevin Hamlin, 1209; 8. Steven Howard, 1161; 9. Jeff Bailey, 1139; 10. Rick Suran, 1109.

Races at No. 1: Chris Hart (4), John Bender (2), Pete Harding (1), Jason Jefferson (1), Jeff Jefferson (1),

New arrivals in the NASCAR Top 10 this week: No new arrivals

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

Biggest mover among the Top 10: Jeff Jefferson (3rd to 2nd)

Dropped out of the NASCAR Top 10 this week: None

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