SWS: Top 10 at a glance 2004-09-12

NASCAR Top 10 At A Glance A look at the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series Top 10 Drivers DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 12, 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. (September 12, 2004) - The following is a glance at the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series Top 10 in the series championship standings heading into the Star Nursery.Com "150" presented by AutoZone at Tucson Raceway Park this Saturday, September 18. The race in Tucson, Arizona will be race eleven 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: 2nd. Pettit moved to the top of the standings for the fourth time this season after a dominating performance at CNS August 21 where he collected his series leading third victory of the season. Pettit finished 8th last season at Tucson.

No. 2 - Craig Raudman (No. 2 HPS/Victory Circle Chevrolet), Victory Circle Racing. Last week's ranking: 1st. Raudman had bad luck strike as an ill-handling racecar left the 2001 Southwest Series champion with a 12th place finish at CNS August 21. Raudman finished 19th at TRP last season and three top five finishes over the years.

No. 3 - Burney Lamar (No. 1 Groeniger Chevrolet), Victory Circle Racing. Last week's ranking: 3rd. Lamar could only produce a 15th finish at CNS August 21 after five straight top five performances this season. Lamar maintains the third spot in the standings for the third consecutive race and heads to TRP where he finished 7th last season.

No. 4 - Eric Holmes (No. 62 KENKO Chevrolet), Beebe Racing. Last week's ranking: 4th. Holmes maintains the fourth position in the standings for the second race after 5th place performance at CNS. Holmes has seven top ten finishes in ten starts this season. Holmes finished 11th at TRP last season. Holmes also scored his first Bud Pole Award of the season at CNS.

No. 5 - Eddy McKean (No. 19 Magic Valley Pipe & Steel Pontiac), McKean Racing. Last week's ranking: 6th. McKean finished third at CNS to move back into the top five after ten races. McKean eyes a top three final finish and returns to TRP where he is the defending race champion. McKean has six top ten performances so far this season.

No. 6 - Doug McCoun (No. 16 Camacho's Cantina Chevrolet), CBA Motorsports. Last week's ranking: 7th. McCoun had a 6th place effort at CNS August 21 to move up one position in the standings. McCoun has scored three top ten finishes in ten starts this season. McCoun has two top five finishes at TRP and finished 15th in last year's event

No. 7 - Joe Herold (No. 5 Quality Chevrolet), Herold Racing. Last week's ranking: 5th. Herold continues to have his best season in the series but suffered a disappointing result at CNS after being the victim of an early accident at CNS where he finished 25th. Herold finished 14th at TRP last season and is ready to position himself for an invite to the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown in November.

No. 8- Greg Voigt (No. 9 Auto Pro Racing Engines Chevrolet), Voigt Racing. Last week's ranking: 8th. Voigt finished 10th at CNS for his third top ten finish of the season and maintains the eighth position in the standings. Voigt will be making his inaugural trip to TRP this weekend.

No. 9 - Todd Souza (No. 6 Money By Design Chevrolet), Penney Racing. Last week's ranking: 9th. Souza stays in the ninth spot in the standings after a 14th place effort at CNS. Souza has one top five and two top ten finishes in ten starts this season and looks to hold onto a top ten final points finish. Souza did not make the trip to Tucson last season.

No. 10 - Rip Michels (No. 12 Stock Building Supply Chevrolet), Michels Racing. Last week's ranking: 10th. Michels continues to lead the Autometer Rookie-of-the-Year standings after ten races but suffered two flat tires at CNS which resulted in a 19th place finish. Michels will visit TRP for the first time this weekend where he hopes to hold off rookie challenger Nick Lynch. Michels has four top ten finishes in ten starts this season.

***Charting the Champs: 2003 series champion Auggie Vidovich will return to the series this weekend. Vidovich is running a partial schedule in 2004. 2001 series champion Craig Raudman dropped to second in the standings after a 12th finish at Colorado National Speedway August 21. 2002 series champion Eddy McKean moved up to fifth in the standings after a third place performance at CNS August 21.

Fast Facts

NASCAR Top 10 this week: 1. Jim Pettit II, 1571; 2. Craig Raudman, 1546; 3. Burney Lamar, 1454; 4. Eric Holmes, 1335; 5. Eddy McKean, 1331; 6. Doug McCoun, 1283; 7. Joe Herold, 1261; 8. Greg Voigt, 1246; 9. Todd Souza, 1219; 10. Rip Michels, 1179.

Races at No. 1: Craig Raudman (5), Jim Pettit II (4), Eddy McKean (1).

New arrivals in the NASCAR Top 10 this week: None

Most weeks in the NASCAR Top 10: Five drivers tied at ten races

Biggest mover among the Top 10: Jim Pettit II (2nd to 1st)

Dropped out of the NASCAR Top 10 this week: None

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Eric Holmes , Joe Herold , Burney Lamar , Doug McCoun , Jim Pettit II , Craig Raudman , Auggie Vidovich , Todd Souza , Rip Michels