NASCAR Top 10 At A Glance: A look at the NASCAR Elite Division, Featherlite Southwest Series Top 10 drivers. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 11, 2003) - The following is a glance at the NASCAR Elite Division, Featherlite Southwest Series Top 10 in...
NASCAR Top 10 At A Glance:
A look at the NASCAR Elite Division, Featherlite Southwest Series Top 10 drivers.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 11, 2003) - The following is a glance at the NASCAR Elite Division, Featherlite Southwest Series Top 10 in the series championship standings heading into the Budweiser "125" presented by Havoline at Stockton 99 Speedway April 26. The race in Stockton, Calif. will be race 4 of 14 on the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series schedule:
No. 1 - Auggie Vidovich Jr.
(No. 59 PG Series Chevrolet), Vidovich Racing.
Last week's ranking: 1. Vidovich salvaged a sixth place finish at Cajon Speedway after qualifying 16th. Vidovich also increased his points lead by 61 markers going into the race at Stockton 99 Speedway where he failed to qualify for last year's event. Vidovich has been at the top spot for two straight races.
No. 2 - Eddy McKean
(No. 19 Magic Valley Pipe Pontiac), McKean Racing.
Last week's ranking: 2. McKean stays in second place in the standings for the third straight race. A lap 34 altercation at Cajon Speedway dropped the defending series champ five laps down and subsequent 17th place finish. The next race at Stockton 99 Speedway will prove vital in his championship hunt.
No. 3 - Bryan Germone (No. 89 GIRO Chevrolet), Koster Motorsports.
Last week's ranking: 4. Fortune smiled on Germone in the form a Past Champions Provisional at Cajon Speedway. With 35 drivers on hand the field was separated by les than 3/10's of second in qualifying. Germone started 22nd and patiently moved his way up to finish 7th by races end and move back into third place in the championship standings.
No. 4 - Eric Holmes
(No. 62 Wild Cherry Pepsi Chevrolet), Beebe Racing.
Last week's ranking: 11th. Holmes continues to impress with top five finishes in the last two short-track events. Holmes finished 4th at Cajon and returns to Stockton 99 Speedway where he has a lot of laps of experience. Holmes joins the NASCAR Top-10 for the first time this season.
No. 5 - Dan Holtz
(Rialto Concrete Ford), Thompson Motorsports.
Last week's ranking: 16th. Holtz backed up his win at Mesa Marin Raceway with a second place performance and a move into the NASCAR Top-10 for the first time this season. Holtz is in his second year of competition on the series and heads to Stockton 99 Speedway as one of the hottest drivers in the series.
No. 6 - Jim Pettit II
(No. 03 Hall Kinion Ford), Bay Pac Racing.
Last week's ranking: 14th. Pettit joins the NASCAR Top-10 for the first time this season after another cardiac run from the back of the field at Cajon Speedway. Pettit finished 5th after starting 18th and heads to Stockton 99 Speedway where he won his first career Bud Pole Award last season.
No. 7 - Craig Raudman
(No. 2 HPS Chevrolet), Victory Circle Racing.
Last week's ranking: 3. Raudman falls to 7th from 3rd after suffering from on-track contact at Cajon Speedway. Raudman, a two-time winner at Cajon Speedway, finished the 125 lap sprint 25 laps down in 19th position. Raudman needs a strong performance at Stockton 99 Speedway to get back into the title fight. Raudman won at Stockton in 1996.
No. 8- Frank Deiny Jr.
(No. 70 Star Nursery Chevrolet), Q Motorsports.
Last week's ranking: 7. Deiny qualified second quick at Cajon Speedway but started 7th after the invert. He lost a lap early in the 125-lap race and finished in the 11th position. The finish kept in the championship hunt and in the ROTY lead. Deiny has been in the NASCAR Top-10 for each race this season.
No. 9 - Steve Belletto
(No. 30 California Hot Wood Chevrolet), Belletto Racing.
Last week's ranking: 20. Belletto makes his debut in the NASCAR Top-10 for the first time this season after a solid third place performance at Cajon Speedway, his best career finish. Belletto looks to maintain that momentum at Stockton 99 Speedway, a track where has many feature wins and two track championships.
No. 10 - Doug McCoun
(No. 34 Truline Chevrolet), McCoun Motorsports.
Last week's ranking: 12. McCoun makes his way into the NASCAR Top-10 for the first time this season after finishing 12th at Cajon Speedway. McCoun is racing race-by-race this season and looks forward to a solid performance at Stockton 99 Speedway.
NASCAR Top 10 this week: 1. Auggie Vidovich Jr., 485; 2. Eddy McKean, 424; 3. Bryan Germone, 414; 4. Eric Holmes, 404; 5. Dan Holtz, 402; 6. Jim Pettit II, 391; 7. Craig Raudman, 376; 8. Frank Deiny Jr., 376; 9. Steve Belletto, 374; 10. Doug McCoun, 370.
Weeks at No. 1: Auggie Vidovich Jr., 2, Bryan Germone, 1.
New arrivals in the NASCAR Top 10 this week: Eric Holmes (4), Dan Holtz (5), Jim Pettit II (6), Steve Belletto (9), Doug McCoun (10).
Most weeks in the NASCAR Top 10: Five drivers tied at 3 weeks.
Biggest mover among the Top 10: Dan Holtz from 16th to 5th.
Dropped out of the NASCAR Top 10 this week: Darrell LaMoure, Randy Nelson, Kevin Vernon, JR Patton, and Burney Lamar.
Chartin' the Champ: Eddy McKean maintains second place in the standings after a disappointing finish of 17th after qualifying 4th at Cajon Speedway.