NWS: Tri-City II: Round 10 preview

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 1, 2004) - The Ranch & Home 125 on Saturday, Sept. 4 at TriCity Raceway in West Richland, Wash. is the tenth of 12 races on the schedule for 2004. * TriCity Raceway is a 1/2-mile paved tri-oval with seven to eight...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 1, 2004) - The Ranch & Home 125 on Saturday, Sept. 4 at TriCity Raceway in West Richland, Wash. is the tenth of 12 races on the schedule for 2004.

* TriCity Raceway is a 1/2-mile paved tri-oval with seven to eight degrees of banking and a width of 50 feet. The facility is built on 92 acres of land and opened in 1968. This race will be the 43rd time that the track has hosted the Northwest Series.

* Jeff Jefferson won this race a year ago on the way to his first Northwest Series championship. He led the final 51 laps to earn his third of four wins last season.

* Jeff Krogh set the one-lap qualifying record at TriCity Raceway on April 22, 1995. He motored his Chevrolet around the track in 17.440 seconds for a speed of 103.211 mph.

* Jeff Jefferson and his younger brother Jason have combined to win the last five races held at TriCity Raceway. Jason has won three events to Jeff's two.

* Three drivers share the all-time Northwest Series record for wins at TriCity Raceway at five, Tobey Butler, Garrett Evans and John Dillon. Evans holds the record for career Bud Pole Awards at the track with seven.

* The Jefferson's father, George will be inducted to the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame in a ceremony on October 22 in Monrovia, Calif. George Jefferson as a car owner and crew chief has guided many drivers to victory including his brother Harry and current NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and former Northwest Series driver Derrike Cope. George currently works with Jason's #97 Mike Olson Dodge/Simmonson Automotive Dodge team. The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame was born in 2001 to preserve the memory of the heroes and pioneers of west coast stock car racing.

* In the last race on August 14 at Yakima (Wash.) Speedway, current points leader Garrett Evans made his 275th Northwest Series start. The veteran out of East Wenatchee, Wash. has won 50 races and four championships in his career. However, Evans' last win at TriCity Raceway came on May 7, 1994.

* This race will be Tom Sweatman's 100th career Northwest Series start. He has finished in the top 10 in 56 of his previous 99 Northwest Series events. His best finish at TriCity Raceway was a second-place finish on September 5, 1999.

* Only Garrett Evans and Travis Bennett have been on the lead lap for all 1132 circuits this season. Both drivers have posted top-10 efforts in all nine races, so far this season. Steven Howard and Brandon Riehl have lost just two laps each. The next closest competitor to those four is Gary Lewis, who is down 29 laps on the season.

* Jeff Jefferson, the winner of three events in 2004, has led the most laps (286) of any driver in Northwest Series action this season. Jason Jefferson ranks second with 266 laps led. An oddity with laps led this season is that while Travis Bennett has been on the lead lap all season long, he has yet to lead a lap. Bennett is currently in third in the season points race, but is the only member of the top five that has not posted a victory in 2004.

* Current leading Auto Meter Rookie of the Year candidate Travis Bennett raced for the first time at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway in the Lucas Oil Super Late Model Race on August 28. He qualified sixth fastest and ran fourth for much of the race for a Ford team based in Bakersfield, Calif. He went there to get a feel for the tack in preparation for the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown in November.

Fast Facts

What: Ranch & Home 125 (Race No. 10 of 12 in the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Northwest Series).

Where: TriCity Raceway, West Richland, Wash.
When: 9:00 p.m. PDT (approx.), Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004.

Track layout: 1/2-mile tri-oval.
Race length: 125 laps/62.5 miles.

Posted awards: $42,092.

2003 winner: Jeff Jefferson.
2003 polesitter: Jason Jefferson.

Top 10 in points: 1. Garrett Evans 1420, 2. Jason Jefferson 1372, 3. Travis Bennett 1371, 4. Jeff Jefferson 1337, 5. Gary Lewis 1314, 6. Pete Harding 1310, 7. Brandon Riehl 1301, 8. Wes Rhodes 1269, 9. Joe Benedetti 1249. 10. Steven Howard 1246.

Pre-race schedule (all times local): 12:00 p.m. Registration opens, 3:00-4:45 p.m. Practice, 5:45 p.m. Time Trials.


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Drivers Derrike Cope , Jeff Jefferson , Jason Jefferson , Gary Lewis