SWS: Top ten at a glance 2003-10-17

A look at the NASCAR Elite Division, Featherlite Southwest Series Top 10 Drivers DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 17, 2003) - The following is a glance at the NASCAR Elite Division, Featherlite Southwest Series Top 10 in the series championship ...

A look at the NASCAR Elite Division, Featherlite Southwest Series Top 10 Drivers

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 17, 2003) - The following is a glance at the NASCAR Elite Division, Featherlite Southwest Series Top 10 in the series championship standings heading into the October Classic Lucas Oil "150" at Mesa Marin Raceway Saturday, October 18. The race in Bakersfield, Calif. will be race 13 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 had only his second miscue of the season finishing outside the top 10 for only the second time. Vidovich finished 15th at PIR dropping two laps, but picked up nine points in his championship points lead heading to Mesa Marin. Vidovich has finished 2nd and 8th this season at MMR.

No. 2 - Eric Holmes (No. 62 Wild Cherry Pepsi Chevrolet), Beebe Racing. Last week's ranking: 3rd. Holmes finished fifth at PIR two weeks ago moving him past Pettit in the standings. Holmes won last year's October Classic and finished 3rd and 15th at MMR this season. Holmes has one win, six top five and eight top ten finishes in 12 starts this season.

No. 3 - Jim Pettit II (No. 03 Bay Pac Racing Ford), Bay Pac Racing. Last week's ranking: 2nd. Pettit suffered a setback in his title hopes as he had ignition failure at PIR resulting in a 28th place finish. Pettit also fell to third in the standings 139 points behind Vidovich. Pettit has one win, five top five and seven top ten finishes in 12 starts this season.

No. 4 - David Gilliland (No. 11 Centrifugal Technologies Chevrolet), Fountain Racing. Last week's ranking: 5th. Gilliland won his fifth race of the season two weeks ago at PIR and moved into fourth place in the standings. He sits just 162 points behind Vidovich. Through 12 races, Gilliland has tallied five wins, five top five and eight top ten finishes.

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 fourth at PIR October 5. Holtz dominated the race only to have to stop lap in the event for fuel. Holtz won the spring race at MMR and is the 2003 Super Late Model track champion. Holtz has six top five and eight top ten performances in 12 races this season.

No. 6 - Eddy McKean (No. 19 Magic Valley Pipe & Steel Pontiac), McKean Racing. Last week's ranking: 6th. McKean maintains the sixth spot and closes to within 23 points of the fifth position. McKean rallied to finish a strong third at PIR October 5 and heads to MMR with the best average finish over the last three races (2.6). McKean has finished 8th and 30th at MMR this season.

No. 7 - Steve Belletto (No. 30 California Hot Wood Chevrolet), Belletto Racing. Last week's ranking: 8th. Belletto moves up one position in the NASCAR Top 10 after an 8th performance at PIR October 5. Belletto has three top five and six top ten finishes in 12 starts this season. 22nd and 12th at MMR this season.

No. 8- JR Patton (No. 97 Los Cruces Chevrolet), Los Cruces Motorsports. Last week's ranking: 7th. Patton finished 24th at PIR October 5 after being involved in a late race accident. Patton continues to lead the Victory Circle Chassis' Rookie-of-the-Year standings heading into the final two events. Patton has finished 23rd and 6th at MMR this season.

No. 9 - Burney Lamar (No. 98 Joiner Motorsports Chevrolet), Lamar Racing. Last week's ranking: 10th. Lamar finished 2nd at PIR October 5 to record his best finish of the season. Lamar has two top five and four top ten finishes in 2003 and looks to MMR to make a final push to ascend up the standings. Lamar has finished 14th and 23rd this season at MMR.

No. 10 - Craig Raudman (No. 2 HPS Mechanical Chevrolet), Victory Circle Racing. Last week's ranking: 9th. Raudman continues to have racing luck deal a bad hand. He finished 14th at PIR October 5 after winning his fourth Bud Pole of the season. A return home to MMR this weekend may just what the doctor ordered for Raudman. Through 12 races, Raudman has three top five and four top ten finishes.

Fast Facts

NASCAR Top 10 this week: 1. Auggie Vidovich Jr., 1809; 2. Eric Holmes, 1700; 3. Jim Pettit II, 1670; 4. David Gilliland, 1643; 5. Dan Holtz, 1641; 6. Eddy McKean, 1618; 7. Steve Belletto, 1546; 8. JR Patton, 1463; 9. Burney Lamar, 1463; 10. Craig Raudman, 1444.

Races at No. 1: Auggie Vidovich Jr., 11, Bryan Germone, 1.

New arrivals in the NASCAR Top 10 this week: None

Most weeks in the NASCAR Top 10: Three drivers tied at 11 races.

Biggest mover among the Top 10: Eric Holmes (3rd to 2nd)

Dropped out of the NASCAR Top 10 this week: None

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Eric Holmes , Bryan Germone , David Gilliland , Dan Holtz , Burney Lamar , Jim Pettit II , Craig Raudman , Steve Belletto , Auggie Vidovich