SWS: Top ten at a glance 2003-08-15

NASCAR Top 10 at a Glance A look at the NASCAR Elite Division, Featherlite Southwest Series Top 10 Drivers DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 15, 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. (August 15, 2003) - The following is a glance at the NASCAR Elite Division, Featherlite Southwest Series Top 10 in the series championship standings heading into the United Power/Touchstone Energy "150" at Colorado National Speedway Saturday, August 16. The race in Erie, Colo. will be race 9 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: 1st. Vidovich racked up another top-five performance with a fourth place finish at Madera Speedway. Vidovich still leads the point standings over Pettit by 62 markers going into the race at Colorado Nat'l Speedway. Vidovich has been at the top spot for seven straight races and is the only driver to complete all laps contested in 2003 (1052). Vidovich's average finish is 5.3.

No. 2 - Jim Pettit II
(No. 03 Hall Kinion.Com Ford), Bay Pac Racing. Last week's ranking: 2nd. Pettit continues his pursuit of Vidovich and cut ten points out of Vidovich's lead with a runner-up finish at Madera Speedway July 26. Pettit has two straight 2nd place finishes and is looking for win #2 of the season in his bid for his first series championship. Pettit has two straight 4th place finishes at CNS.

No. 3 - Eric Holmes
(No. 62 Wild Cherry Pepsi Chevrolet), Beebe Motorsports. Last week's ranking: 3rd. Holmes scored his first victory of the season July 26 at Madera and closed the gap on 2nd place Pettit to just 41 points. Holmes has only two finishes outside the top ten in the first eight races of the season with an average finish of 9.3.

No. 4 - Craig Raudman
(No. 2 HPS Mechanical Chevrolet), Victory Circle Racing. Last week's ranking: 8th. Raudman returned to championship form with a third place performance at Madera July 26. Raudman also collected his second Bud Pole Award of the season and 20th of his career. Raudman improved four positions in the NASCAR Top 10 and sits just 194 points out of first place.

No. 5 - Dan Holtz
(No. 23 Rialto Concrete Products Ford), Thompson Motorsports. Last week's ranking: 4th. Holtz drops one position in the NASCAR Top 10 after finishing last at Madera July 26. Holtz has an average finish of 13.3 with one win this season, and will be visiting Colorado Nat'l for the first time this weekend.

No. 6 - Eddy McKean
(No. 19 Magic Valley Pipe & Steel Pontiac), McKean Racing. Last week's ranking: 7th. McKean improves one position in the NASCAR Top 10 after a 10th place finish at Madera Speedway July 26. McKean has four top ten finishes in eight starts this season and looks for continued success at CNS where he has two straight third place finishes.

No. 7 - JR Patton
(No. 19 Las Cruces Motorsports Pontiac), Las Cruces Motorsports. Last week's ranking: 5th. Patton drops two positions in the NASCAR Top 10 after a 17th place finish at Madera Speedway July 26. Patton holds the Victory Circle Rookie-of-the-Year point over Thomas Martin by 13 markers heading into CNS. Patton finished 17th at CNS last season in his first ever visit to the track.

No. 8- Bryan Germone
(No. 89 Wine.Com Chevrolet), Koster Motorsports. Last week's ranking: 6th. Germone falls two positions in the NASCAR Top 10 after a 14th place finish at Madera Speedway July 26. Germone has one win, one top five and four top ten finishes in eight starts this season. Germone last visited CNS back in 1998 where he scored a fifth place finish.

No. 9 - Steve Belletto
(No. 30 California Hot Wood Chevrolet), Belletto Racing. Last week's ranking: 11th. Belletto returns to the NASCAR Top 10 after a fifth place performance at Madera Speedway July 26. Belletto is hoping to make a run up the point standings to ensure his invitation to the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown in November. Belletto finished 16th at CNS last season.

No. 10 - David Gilliland
(No. 11 Centrifugal Technologies Chevrolet), Fountain Racing. Last week's ranking: 9th. Gilliland drops one position in the NASCAR Top 10 after finishing 21st at Madera Speedway July 26. Gilliland has two wins, two top five and four top ten finishes in eight starts this season. Gilliland finished second at CNS last season.

Fast Facts

NASCAR Top 10 this week: 1. Auggie Vidovich Jr., 1232; 2. Jim Pettit II, 1170; 3. Eric Holmes, 1129; 4. Craig Raudman, 1038; 5. Dan Holtz, 1032; 6. Eddy McKean, 1016; 7. JR Patton, 1010; 8. Bryan Germone, 1009; 9. Steve Belletto, 980; 10. David Gilliland, 969.

Races at No. 1: Auggie Vidovich Jr., 7, Bryan Germone, 1.

New arrivals in the NASCAR Top 10 this week: Steve Belletto (11th to 9th)

Most weeks in the NASCAR Top 10: Three drivers tied at 7 races.

Biggest mover among the Top 10: Craig Raudman (8th to 4th)

Dropped out of the NASCAR Top 10 this week: Todd Souza (11th)

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Eric Holmes , Bryan Germone , David Gilliland , Dan Holtz , Jim Pettit II , Craig Raudman , Steve Belletto , Thomas Martin , Auggie Vidovich , Todd Souza