SWS: Rookies at a glance 2003-06-27

NASCAR ROOKIES AT A GLANCE A look at the NASCAR Elite Division, Featherlite Southwest Series Victory Circle Chassis 2003 Rookie-of-the-Year Standings DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 27, 2003) - The following is a glance at the NASCAR Elite Division,...

NASCAR ROOKIES AT A GLANCE
A look at the NASCAR Elite Division, Featherlite Southwest Series Victory Circle Chassis 2003 Rookie-of-the-Year Standings

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 27, 2003) - The following is a glance at the NASCAR Elite Division, Featherlite Southwest Series Rookie class of 2003 heading into the HPS/victory Circle Chassis Firecracker "150" at Mesa Marin Raceway Saturday, June 28. This will be race 7 of 14 on the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series schedule. After the race at Infineon Raceway, JR Patton holds an eight-point lead over Thomas Martin and Frank Deiny Jr. for the Victory Circle Chassis Rookie-of-the-Year Award.

No. 1 - JR Patton (No. 97 Las Cruces Motorsports Chevrolet), Las Cruces Motorsports. Last week's ranking: 1st. Patton finished 19th in his first ever road course event at Infineon Raceway last week. Patton also expanded his lead in the Victory Circle Chassis ROTY program to eight points over Martin and Deiny. Patton climbs one position in the NASCAR Top 10 to 8th place.

No. 2 - Thomas Martin (No. Sierra Mist Chevrolet), Penney Racing. Last week's ranking: 2nd. Martin has a disappointing outing at Infineon Raceway. Martin finished 42nd after losing a motor early in the event. Martin is now tied for second with Deiny.

No. 3 - Frank Deiny Jr. (No. 70 Star Nursery Chevrolet), Q Motorsports. Last week's ranking: 3rd. Deiny finished a respectable 25th at Infineon Raceway after he was penalized four laps for changing four tires under caution. Deiny looks to get his season in high gear at Mesa Marin this weekend.

No. 4 - Greg Voigt (No. 09 Auto Pro Racing Engines Chevrolet), Voigt Racing. Last week's ranking: 4th. Voigt maintains his fourth place position in the rookie standings after a 37th place finish at Infineon Raceway. Voigt has five starts this season and currently is 18th is the overall standings.

No. 5 - Danny Burson (No. 56 Great Western Electric Chevrolet), Burson Racing. Last week's ranking: 6th. Burson finished 41st at Infineon Raceway after experiencing an off-track excursion that left the rookie on top of a tire barrier. Burson is looking for his first top five finish at Mesa Marin.

No. 6 - Kevin Vernon (No. 51 Action Towing Chevrolet), Vernon Racing. Last week's ranking: 5th. Vernon did not attend the event at Infineon Raceway last weekend but returns home to Mesa Marin where he is a multi-time track champion.

No. 7 - Nathan Thiesse (No. 88 Honda Cars of Corona Chevrolet), The Body Shop Racing. Last week's ranking: 8. Thiesse qualified for his second event of the season and scored his second top ten finish of the season. Thiesse finished in the 10th position in his first road course start and climbs to 7th in the rookie standings and 25th in the overall point standings.

No. 8 - Mike Price (No. 3 AMI Metals Chevrolet), Price Racing. Last week's ranking: 9. Price did not attend the event at Infineon Raceway but welcomes a return to Mesa Marin where he had a solid run back in March.

No. 9 - Richard Johnson (No. 47 Auto Glass Chevrolet), Johnson Racing. Last week's ranking: N/A. Johnson qualified for his first race of 2003 after five attempts. Johnson finished 20th in his first road course race and used his more than 20 years of dirt racing experience to finish just lap down. Johnson is still searching for his first oval start this season, but buoyed with the confidence gained last week, look for Johnson to improve in qualifying.

Fast Facts

NASCAR Rookies this week: 1. JR Patton, 49; 2. Thomas Martin, 41; 3. Frank Deiny Jr., 41; 4. Greg Voigt, 37; 5. Danny Burson, 32; 6. Kevin Vernon, 27; 7. Nathan Thiesse, 19; 8. Richard Johnson, 8; 9. Mike Price, 7.

Weeks at No. 1: Frank Deiny Jr., 3. JR Patton, 2.; Thomas Martin, 1.

Victory Circle Chassis' offers a season ending bonus of $5,000 to the top finishing rookie at season ending banquet in December. Each rookie competitor earns rookie points for each race they start. No rookie points are awarded for races a rookie fails to qualify for. Points are awarded on a declining scale with the top finishing rookie receiving 10 points then 9,8.7 and so on. Each rookie will count their best 12 finishes of the 14 race schedule towards the 2003 Rookie-of-the-Year championship.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Richard Johns , Danny Burson , Nathan Thiesse , Thomas Martin