SWS: Top ten at a glance 2004-07-14

NASCAR Top 10 At A Glance A look at the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series Top 10 Drivers DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 14, 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. (July 14, 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 "125" presented by AutoZone at Madera Speedway this Saturday, July 17. The race in Madera, Calif. will be race eight of 14 on the NASCAR AutoZone Southwest Series schedule:

No. 1 - Craig Raudman (No. 2 HPS/Victory Circle Chevrolet), Victory Circle Racing. Last week's ranking: 1st. Raudman maintains the top spot in the standings after a 13th place effort at Infineon Raceway June 26. Raudman has three Bud Pole Awards this season to set the all-time series mark at 28. He has six top ten finishes in seven races this season, including one win.

No. 2 - Jim Pettit II (No. 03 California Hot Wood Ford), Jim Pettit Racing. Last week's ranking: 2nd. Pettit had a top five run going at Infineon Raceway June 26, until he suffered a broken axel resulting in a 17th place finish. Pettit has four top five finishes this season as he challenges for the series title, but dropped to 59 points behind Raudman. Pettit won the last time the series visited Madera Speedway.

No. 3 - Burney Lamar (No. 1 Groeniger Chevrolet), Victory Circle Racing. Last week's ranking: 3rd. Lamar scored his third top three finishes in as many races with a 2nd place performance at Infineon Raceway June 26. Lamar closed to with 94 points of Raudman.

No. 4 - Joe Herold (No. 5 Quality Chevrolet), Herold Racing. Last week's ranking: 6th. Joe Herold continues to impress and is on the verge of his first series win. Herold climbs two spots in the standings after a 9th place effort at Infineon Raceway. Herold has completed 800 of 846 laps contested this season.

No. 5 - Eddy McKean (No. 19 Magic Valley Pipe & Steel Pontiac), McKean Racing. Last week's ranking: 3rd. After starting the season with four top ten finishes, Eddy McKean has seen the wheels come off. He finished a disappointing 32nd at Infineon Raceway after running as high as 6th late in the race. McKean is looking forward to a return to Madera Speedway where he has three top ten finishes.

No. 6 - Doug McCoun (No. 16 Camacho's Cantina Chevrolet), CBA Motorsports. Last week's ranking: 9th. McCoun climbs three spots in the standings after a 12th place performance at Infineon Raceway. McCoun also joins Clarence Broussard's CBA Motorsports team for the balance of the season vacating his familiar #34 Chevrolet. McCoun looks to give Broussard his first top ten final points finish and an invite to the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown.

No. 7 - Greg Voigt (No. 9 Auto Pro Racing Engines Chevrolet), Voigt Motorsports. Last week's ranking: 8th. Voigt continues to move up the standings on the strength of strong finishes. He posted a 15th place finish at Infineon and moved up one position in the standings just 25 points out of 5th place.

No. 8- Dan Holtz (No. 23 Rialto Concrete Products Ford), Thompson Motorsports. Last week's ranking: 7th. Holtz continues to struggle in the middle of the season but salvaged a 16th place finish at Infineon Raceway June 26. Holtz has three top ten finishes this season and finished 13 at Madera back in March.

No. 9 - Eric Holmes (No. 62 Taco Bell Chevrolet), Beebe Racing Racing. Last week's ranking: 5th. Holmes falls four spots in the standings after finishing 35th at Infineon Raceway June 26. Holmes finished 8th at Madera Speedway back in March. He has also claimed two victories in the Southwest Series competition on the one-third mile paved oval (01, 03).

No. 10 - Rip Michels (No. 12 Stock Building Supply Chevrolet), Michels Racing. Last week's ranking: 12th. Michels joins the NASCAR Top 10 for the first time this season after a 10th place finish at Infineon in his first ever road course event. Michels has four top ten finishes in 2004 and leads the Autometer Rookie-of-the-Year standings after seven events. Michels finished 22nd at Madera back in March.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Eric Holmes , Joe Herold , Dan Holtz , Burney Lamar , Doug McCoun , Jim Pettit II , Craig Raudman , Rip Michels