NASCAR Top 10 At a Glance A look at the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series Top 10 Drivers DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 31, 2004) - The following is a glance at the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series Top 10 in the ...
NASCAR Top 10 At a Glance
A look at the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series Top 10 Drivers
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 31, 2004) - The following is a glance at the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series Top 10 in the series championship standings heading into the COORS Light "125" at Cajon Speedway Saturday, April 3. The race in El Cajon, Calif. will be race four of 14 on the NASCAR AutoZone Southwest Series schedule:
No. 1 - Jim Pettit II (No. 03 California Hot Wood Ford), Jim Pettit Racing. Last week's ranking: 1st. Pettit leads the standings for the second straight race after finishing second at Mesa Marin this past weekend. Pettit hopes to keep his hot streak alive at Cajon after finishes of 3rd, 1st, and 2nd in the first three races of the 2004 season.
No. 2 - Eddy McKean (No. 19 Magic Valley Pipe & Steel Pontiac), McKean Racing. Last week's ranking: 2nd. McKean maintains the second spot in the standings following a fifth place effort at Mesa Marin. McKean won the opening round at Phoenix and followed that up with a sixth place finish at Madera in early March.
No. 3 - Craig Raudman (No. 2 HPS Mechanical Chevrolet), Victory Circle Racing. Last week's ranking: 4th. Raudman moved up one spot in the standings after taking the win at Mesa Marin this past weekend. Raudman has started 2004 with finishes of 5th at Phoenix and 7th at Madera. He has also collected two Bud Pole Awards and is tied with M.K. Kanke for first on the all-time list with 27.
No. 4 - Eric Holmes (No. 62 Wild Cherry Pepsi Chevrolet), Beebe Racing. Last week's ranking: 5th. Holmes scored a 7th place finish at Mesa Marin this past weekend to move up one spot in the standings. Holmes finished 8th in the first two races of the season and is one of only five drivers to have completed all 375 laps run thus far in the season.
No. 5 -Dan Holtz (No. 23 Rialto Concrete Products Ford), Thompson Motorsports. Last week's ranking: 7th. Holtz finished 6th at Mesa Marin and climbed on position in the standings after starting the year with finishes of 9th and 13th at Phoenix and Madera respectively. Holtz finished second at Cajon last season.
No. 6 - Doug McCoun (No. 34 Dick's Valero Chevrolet), McCoun Racing. Last week's ranking: 14th. McCoun jumps eight spots after a third place performance at Mesa Marin last Sunday. McCoun may only run a partial schedule in 2004 but has started the season with solid finishes at each event.
No. 7 - Ben Walker (No. 16 Camacho's Cantina Chevrolet), CBA Motorsports. Last week's ranking: 10th. Walker moves up three spots in the standings after an 8th place finish at Mesa Marin. Walker continues to give Clarence Broussard top finishes for the fourth year owner. Walker sits just 134 points behind Pettit.
No. 8- Burney Lamar (No. 1 Groeniger Chevrolet), Victory Circle. Last week's ranking: 3rd. Lamar dropped five positions in the standings after his engine let go at Mesa Marin resulting in a 29th place finish. Lamar is team with 2001 AutoZone Southwest Series champion Craig Raudman for 2004. Lamar had 6th and 5th place finishes in the first two stops this season.
No. 9 - Bob Lyon (No. 44 Alliance Rentals Chevrolet), Lyon Racing. Last week's ranking: 6th. Lyon dropped three spots after a 16th place finish at Mesa Marin. Lyon returns to the series full-time in 2004 after making only a handful of starts in 2003. Lyon has 255 career starts in the series, the most of any driver active or retired.
No. 10 - Todd Souza (No. 6 Sierra Mist Chevrolet), Penney Racing. Last week's ranking: 8th. Souza drops two spots in the NASCAR Top 10 after finishing 14th at Mesa Marin. Souza joined Penney racing for the 2004 season and together the team is starting to gel after finishes of 16th at Phoenix and 9th at Madera. Fast Facts
NASCAR Top 10 this week: 1. Jim Pettit II, 515; 2. Eddy McKean, 485; 3. Craig Raudman, 481; 4. Eric Holmes, 430; 5. Dan Holtz, 412; 6. Doug McCoun, 395; 7. Ben Walker, 387; 8. Burney Lamar, 381; 9. Bob Lyon, 380; 10. Todd Souza, 374.
Races at No. 1: Jim Pettit II (2), Eddy McKean (1).
New arrivals in the NASCAR Top 10 this week: Doug McCoun (6th)
Most weeks in the NASCAR Top 10: Six drivers tied at three races
Biggest mover among the Top 10: Ben Walker (10th to 7th)
Dropped out of the NASCAR Top 10 this week: David Gilliland (13th)