NASCAR TOP 10 AT A GLANCE A look at the NASCAR Elite Division, Featherlite Southwest Series Top 10 Drivers DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 27, 2003) - The following is a glance at the NASCAR Elite Division, Featherlite Southwest Series Top 10 in the...
NASCAR TOP 10 AT A GLANCE
A look at the NASCAR Elite Division, Featherlite Southwest Series Top 10 Drivers
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 27, 2003) - The following is a glance at the NASCAR Elite Division, Featherlite Southwest Series Top 10 in the series championship standings heading into the HPS/Victory Circle Chassis Firecracker "150" at Mesa Marin Raceway June 28. The race in Bakersfield, Calif. will be race 7 of 14 on the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series schedule and mark the mid point of the season.
No. 1 - Auggie Vidovich Jr. (No. 59 PG Series Chevrolet), Vidovich Racing. Last week's ranking: 1st. Vidovich tallied his first finish outside the top ten with his 11th place effort at Infineon Raceway last weekend. Vidovich has been at the top spot for five straight races and is have his best year on the series. Vidovich is the only driver to complete every lap run this season (777).
No. 2 - Eric Holmes (No. 62 Wild Cherry Pepsi Chevrolet), Beebe Racing. Last week's ranking: 3rd. Holmes scored his fifth top ten finish of the season with a 9th place performance at Infineon Raceway. Holmes leaps past Pettit to 2nd place in the standings by one point. Holmes is one of seven former winners at Mesa Marin entered in this weekend's event.
No. 3 - Jim Pettit II (No. 03 Hall Kinion.com Ford), Bay Pac Racing. Last week's ranking: 2nd. Pettit salvaged a 14th place finish at Infineon raceway. Pettit is enjoying his best year on the series and has been a threat to win at each race this season.
No. 4 - Eddy McKean (No. 19 Magic Valley Pipe Pontiac), McKean Racing. Last week's ranking: 4th. McKean stays in fourth place in the standings after a 13th place performance at Infineon Raceway. A late pit stop to repair right side body damage dropped the 2002 champion out of the top ten in the closing laps. McKean has had several good runs at Mesa Marin in the past and eyes his first victory on the famous half-mile.
No. 5 - Dan Holtz (No. 23 Rialto Concrete Ford), Thompson Motorsports. Last week's ranking: 5th. Holtz maintains the 5th spot in the standings for the third straight race. Holtz finished a respectable 15th at Infineon running on the lead lap. Holtz picked up his first career FSWS victory back in March at Mesa Marin and looks to back it up at a track he has numerous wins on.
No. 6 - Bryan Germone (No. 89 Wine.com Chevrolet), Koster Motorsports. Last week's ranking: 12th. Germone continues his march back to the top of the standings and rejoins the NASCAR Top 10 after a 7th place finish at Infineon. Germone has tallied three top ten finishes and won victory this season and looks to climb back to the top spot in the standings.
No. 7 - Todd Souza (No. 6 Central Coast Cabinets Ford), Souza Racing. Last week's ranking: 6th. Souza slipped one position in the NASCAR Top 10 this week after a disappointing finish of 21st at Infineon Raceway last weekend after starting on the Pole. Souza has had several solid runs at Mesa Marin in the past and looks for his fourth top ten finish of the season.
No. 8- JR Patton (No. 2 Las Cruces Motorsports Chevrolet), Las Cruces Motorsports. Last week's ranking: 9th. Patton moves up one spot in the NASCAR Top 10 after a 9th place effort at Infineon Raceway. Patton also widened his Victory Circle Chassis' Rookie point lead to eight markers over rivals Frank Deiny Jr. and Thomas Martin.
No. 9 - Burney Lamar (No. 97 Joiner Motorsports Chevrolet), Joiner Motorsports. Last week's ranking: 7th. Lamar struggled at Infineon Raceway last weekend and finished in the 32nd spot after ignition problems hampered the team. Lamar dropped two spots in the NASCAR Top 10 this week and hopes to rebound with another top five performance at Mesa Marin.
No. 10 - Craig Raudman (No. 2 HPS/Victory Circle Chevrolet), Victory Circle Racing. Last week's ranking: 8th. Raudman finished 31st at Infineon Raceway and recorded his fourth finish outside the top ten this season. Despite the finish, Raudman maintains a spot in the NASCAR Top 10 falling to 10th from 8th. Raudman has as many laps at Mesa Marin as any active and looks to turn his season around and make a run for a second series title. Raudman sits 217 points out of first place.
NASCAR Top 10 this week: 1. Auggie Vidovich Jr., 930; 2. Eric Holmes, 831; 3. Jim Pettit II, 830; 4. Eddy McKean, 809; 5. Dan Holtz, 770; 6. Bryan Germone, 754; 7. Todd Souza, 752; 8. JR Patton, 748; 9. Burney Lamar, 716; 10. Craig Raudman, 713.
Races at No. 1: Auggie Vidovich Jr.,5, Bryan Germone, 1.
New arrivals in the NASCAR Top 10 this week: Bryan Germone (6th),
Most weeks in the NASCAR Top 10: Three drivers tied at 6 races.
Biggest mover among the Top 10: Bryan Germone (12th to 6th)
Dropped out of the NASCAR Top 10 this week: Steve Belletto (11th