SWS: Phoenix III: Race notes, standings

McKean Shows Mastery at Phoenix AVONDALE, ARIZ. (November 4, 2004) Eddy McKean from Jerome, Idaho again showed his mastery of the desert mile that is Phoenix International Raceway by dominating the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest...

McKean Shows Mastery at Phoenix

AVONDALE, ARIZ. (November 4, 2004) Eddy McKean from Jerome, Idaho again showed his mastery of the desert mile that is Phoenix International Raceway by dominating the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series Cruise America "125" to score his second win of the season and third at PIR. McKean held off a determined Eric Holmes by .278 seconds. The victory also moved McKean up to the third position in the final point standings. Following Holmes to the stripe was NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Star Ken Schrader, Jim Pettit II, and Nick Lynch.

Jim Pettit II from Prunedale, Calif. claimed his first Southwest Series title with his fourth place finish. The finish was Pettit's tenth top five performance of the season. Pettit also finished in the top five in all three PIR races this season. Craig Raudman finished second in the final standings, followed McKean, Burney Lamar, and Eric Holmes.

Lamar scored his fifth Bud Pole Award of the season with a quick lap around the one-mile oval of 27.387 seconds/131.449 mph to lead 47 drivers in qualifying. Ed Belec, Roger Avants, Dustin Jones, Russell Butler, and Brett Thompson failed to qualify for the event.

Joining the top five in the final standings for an invitation to the second annual NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown will be Joe Herold, Rip Michels, Greg Voigt, Todd Souza, and Doug McCoun.

The Southwest Series will honor Pettit and the rest of the series drivers at the annual awards banquet to be held on Friday, December 10 at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. The 20th season for the Southwest Series will begin on Sunday, January 23, 2005 back at Phoenix, Int'l Raceway.

<pre> AUTOZONE SOUTHWEST SERIES TOP 20 POINTS (WINS) 1. Jim Pettit II*** 2216 (4) 2. Craig Raudman 2082 (2) 3. Eddy McKean 1996 (2) 4. Burney Lamar 1889 (1) 5. Eric Holmes 1867 (2) 6. Joe Herold 1762 - 7. Rip Michels 1698 - 8. Greg Voigt 1689 - 9. Todd Souza 1664 - 10. Doug McCoun 1664 - 11. Nick Joanides 1582 - 12. Nick Lynch 1570 - 13. Danny Burson 1560 - 14. Darrell LaMoure 1469 - 15. Thomas Martin 1466 - 16. Bob Lyon 1438 - 17. Dan Holtz 1349 - 18. David Gilliland 1323 (2) 19. Auggie Vidovich 1029 - 20. Richard Johnson 1028 -

***Denotes 2004 Series Champion

ROOKIE-OF-THE-YEAR STANDINGS Name Pts Rip Michels 133 Nick Lynch 118 Todd Burns 41

MANUFACTURE' STANDINGS MFG Pts Chevrolet 100 Pontiac 84 Ford 80 Dodge 6

FEATHERLITE AWARD STANDINGS Name Pts Eric Holmes 2 Danny Burson 2 David Gilliland 2 Rip Michels 1 Stephen Sadler 1 Darrell LaMoure 1 Eric Holmes 1 Tracy Bolin 1 Randy Nelson 1 Joe Herold 1 Doug McCoun 1

BUD POLE AWARD STANDINGS Name Pts Burney Lamar 5 Craig Raudman 4 Eric Holmes 2 Zach Niessner 1 Boris Said 1 M.K. Kanke 1

POWERADE MOVE OF THE RACE Name Pts Todd Souza 2 Doug McCoun 1 David Gilliland 1 Bob McCoun 1 Ben Walker 1 Greg Voigt 1 Rudy Revak 1 Darrell LaMoure 1 Nick Joanides 1 Jim Pettit II 1 Travis Bennett 1 Mike Mendenhall 1 Dan Holtz 1

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Ken Schrader , Boris Said , Richard Johns , Eric Holmes , Danny Burson , David Gilliland , Joe Herold , Dan Holtz , Burney Lamar , Darrell LaMoure , Doug McCoun , Jim Pettit II , Craig Raudman , Thomas Martin , Auggie Vidovich , Ben Walker , Todd Souza , Rip Michels , Nick Joanides