SWS: Sears Point: Friday pit notes

NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. June, 25, 2004 Pit Notes: * Boris Said topped the speed charts after the two hour morning practice session. Said toured the 1.99 mile road course in 77.545...

NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series
Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. June, 25, 2004

Pit Notes:

* Boris Said topped the speed charts after the two hour morning practice session. Said toured the 1.99 mile road course in 77.545 seconds at an average speed of 92.385 mph. Burney Lamar, David Gilliland, Bryan Germone, and Steve Belletto rounding out the top five in practice.

* The fastest 36 cars will make the Snap-On Tools "200" through qualifying with six provisional starting positions available. Cars that need to find a bit more speed to ensure they make the field are: Rip Michels, Greg Voigt, Vince Little, Curtis Lansing, Danny Burson, Todd Burns, Richard Johnson, Thomas Martin, and Nick Joanides.

* 45 cars teams are set to qualify today for the Snap-On Tools "200" scheduled to take for tomorrow at 1 pm PST. The field will have 42 starters so today's practice and qualifying takes on particular importance.

* The Snap-On Tools "200" is race seven of the 14-race NASCAR AutoZone Southwest Series.

* Todd Souza, last year's Bud Pole Award winner at Infineon, will debut a new car this race and is the same chassis that Kevin Harvick used last year in his win.

* Danny Burson, Todd Burns, Steve Petty, and Richard Johnson all had engine failures during practice and spent most of the morning replacing their engines. The unfortunate part is the first time the new engines get up to speed will be in their respective five minute qualifying session.

* 2003 AutoZone Southwest Series champion Auggie Vidovich crashed his Chevrolet after sliding through oil dropped on the track. The car suffered minor cosmetic damage in the front end. The crew replaced both fenders and the bumper.

* Autometer Rookie-of-the-Year leader Rip Michels struggled to find his way around in his first visit to Infineon Raceway. Michels was 37th fastest following the two hour morning practice session.

* Craig Raudman, the current 2004 AutoZone Southwest Series point's leader, said the car felt real good. "I am happy, the car is really smooth through (Turns) 3 and 4," Raudman said. "We have a few more adjustments to make for qualifying and we should have a top five car." Raudman was 11th quick after practice concluded.

* "Tour" invaders following practice: Boris Said (1st), Jim Inglebright (6th), Tyler McQuarrie (9th), Kevin Harvick (10th), Rudy Revak (27th), and Steve Petty (34th).

* AutoZone Southwest Series Top 10 in the standings following practice: Craig Raudman (11th), Jim Pettit II (18th), Burney Lamar (2nd), Eddy McKean (26th), Eric Holmes (12th), Joe Herold (30th), Dan Holtz (22nd), Greg Voigt (38th), Doug McCoun (29th), and Bob Lyon (28th).

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Boris Said , Kevin Harvick , Richard Johns , Eric Holmes , Danny Burson , David Gilliland , Joe Herold , Dan Holtz , Burney Lamar , Doug McCoun , Tyler McQuarrie , Jim Pettit II , Craig Raudman , Steve Belletto , Steve Petty , Thomas Martin , Auggie Vidovich , Todd Souza , Rip Michels , Nick Joanides