NWS: Tri-City II: Round twelve preview

DAYTONA BEACH, FL. (August 28, 2003) -The season is winding down on for the 19th addition of the NASCAR Elite Division, Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series as drivers and teams return to one of the most exciting venues on the schedule . This Sunday,...

DAYTONA BEACH, FL. (August 28, 2003) -The season is winding down on for the 19th addition of the NASCAR Elite Division, Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series as drivers and teams return to one of the most exciting venues on the schedule . This Sunday, August 31, the Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series showcases NASCAR's Stars of Tomorrow in their final appearance at Tri-City Raceway in the running of the Ranch & Home "125" at W. Richland, Washington's high-speed paved oval.

Three "eastside" drivers top the point standings and look to capitalize on their shared experience at the storied tri-oval speed plant. Sunday's 125-lap race will have the top stars of the Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series vie for their share of $41,272 in posted awards in race twelve of the 14-race championship series and to secure an invitation to the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown in November.

Chris Hart of Yakima, Wash. continues his domination of the Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series and leads the point standings after the sixth consecutive race on the strength of ten top ten finishes in eleven starts. Good fortune shines on those that prepare and Hart continues to turn adversity into triumph at each of the series' 2003 stops.

After a seventh place performance at Pacific Raceways last Sunday Hart's confidence is riding high as he looks to add his forth win of the season this weekend.

Jeff Jefferson of Naches, Wash. would like nothing more than to ambush Hart's war in pursuit of his first NASCAR Elite Division title. Jefferson dominated the action last weekend to score his second of 2003 and knows he has an ace in the hole in Chuck Carruthers. Jefferson inches closer to Hart in the overall standings and prepares for an all out fight over the final three events.

Superman will meet King Kong on Sunday as Jason Jefferson of Yakima, Wash. returns to the track that he has dominated for the past several seasons. Jason Jefferson is three for three this season at Tri-City Raceway where he has won the season opening Late Model feature, the first Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series visit back in April, and his first ever start in a NASCAR Winston West Series race in June.

Jason Jefferson's stranglehold at Tri-City Raceway means that his rivals must execute the perfect plan if they hope to dethrone the king. Meanwhile, several drivers look to boost their stock and secure a spot in the NASCAR Top 10.

Ed Watson of Mt. Vernon, Wash. sits just 37 points outside the top ten in the standings, with Brandon Riehl of Boring beginning to flex his muscle after early season disappointments. Riehl is nine points behind Watson and has improved his point's position for five straight races.

The Ranch & Home "125" is set to take the green flag at 9:00 pm PDT this Sunday, August 31 where three eastside titans prepare for the final showdown.


* The race within the race . Jason Jefferson tops the Victory Circle Chassis Rookie-of-the-Year leader board after eleven events. Jefferson has been the top finishing rookie in eight of eleven races this season. Jeff Bailey, Rod Schultz Sr., Brandon Riehl, and Rod Schultz Jr. round out the top-five Rookies.

* Jason Jefferson won the last time the Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series competed at Tri-City Raceway.

* Streaking: Chris Hart has won three races this season and has ten top finishes in eleven 2003 starts with an average finishing position of 3.7.

* Driver to keep your eye on: Kevin Hamlin has put early season difficulties behind him and climbs to sixth in the overall standings after a runner-up finish at Pacific Raceways last weekend.

* Hoosier Racing Tire is the official tire of the NASCAR Elite Division in 2003 and will award 32 tires to eligible car owners at each series event. Hoosier will also award two tires to the highest eligible Rookie-of-the-Year candidate's car owner.

* Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series contingency sponsors include: Anheuser-Busch, Auto Meter Products, Edelbrock Intake Manifolds, Featherlite Trailers, Five Star, Flowmaster, G-Force, Goody's Headache Powder, Holley Carburetors, Hoosier Tires, JR Pistons, Mac Tools, Mobil 1 Oil, Moroso, MSD, Penske Shocks, Powerade, Quarter Master, Quick Car, Raybestos Brakes, "76" Race Gas, Victory Circle Chassis, and Wix Air Filters.


* Rod Schultz Jr. of Woodland, Wash. moved closer to the NASCAR Top-10 after a 5th place effort at Pacific Raceways August 24. Schultz Jr. sits in the 13th position in the overall standings, just 62 points out of 10th place.


* "That was a whole lot of fun!"-Jeff Jefferson (No. 42 AuBeta Networks Chevrolet). Describing his victory last weekend at Pacific Raceways.

PAGE FROM THE PAST May 8, 1993: Tobey Butler became the season's first two-time winner as he edged defending series champion Dan Press by .16 seconds in the Shumate "125" at Tri-City Raceway. Kevin Quesnel, Kelly Tanner, and Joe Constance rounded out the top five finishers. Dan Press led the point standings over Kirk Rogers by 29 points following the event.

Fast Facts

What: Ranch & Home "125" Race 12 of 14 for the NASCAR Elite Division, Raybestos Brakes Northwest Series.
Where: Tri-City Raceway, W. Richland, Wash.
When: 9:00 pm PDT, Sunday, August 31.

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

Pre-race schedule (all times local): Sunday 8/31: 12:00 noon Registration opens, 1:00 pm Haulers Enter and Inspection Begins, 2:00 pm Mandatory Crew Chief's Meeting, 2:15 pm Qualifying Draw, 3:00- 3:45 pm Practice, 4:15- 4:45 pm Practice, 5:00 pm Mandatory Driver's Meeting, 5:15 pm Mandatory Rookie Meeting, 5:45 pm Time Trials (2 Laps), 7:30 pm Trophy Dash, 9:00 pm Ranch & Home "125"


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