WS: 2004 schedule announcd

West Series 51st season includes 13-race championship campaign. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 9, 2004) - Following its season-opening race at Phoenix International Raceway, the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series, continues its 2004...

West Series 51st season includes 13-race championship campaign.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 9, 2004) - Following its season-opening race at Phoenix International Raceway, the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series, continues its 2004 season at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif. on March 27. The 150-lap event marks the second of 13 stops slated in 2004 for the series formally known as the Winston West Series.

"Talented new drivers continue to challenge the experienced veterans on the circuit each year, making for some very tough competition," said Chris Boals, NASCAR's director of regional touring. "This series has long been a top proving ground for the West Coast's best drivers and the future stars of NASCAR. With the talent assembled in this series today, the fans of the West Series are in for another incredible season of racing."

There will be more at stake than just a championship, however, as teams also vie for a spot in the top 15 of the final point standings and an invitation to the second annual NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown.

Following Mesa Marin, the annual West Series race at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif., is slated for May 1. The race on the beautiful two-mile superspeedway is once again a companion event with the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and the NASCAR Busch Series. An Oct. 3 return to Phoenix International Raceway will mark the third superspeedway event on tap for 2004, meanwhile.

Short track events include May 29 at Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway; July 17 at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash.; July 31 at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway; Aug. 14 at Stockton; Sept. 6 at Rocky Mountain Raceways in West Valley City, Utah; and Sept. 18 at Douglas County Speedway in Roseburg, Ore.

In October, the schedule also features a return to a track visited by the series in previous years, with a race at Colorado National Speedway Oct. 9. The series last visited the 3/8-mile track near Denver in 2002. The West Series will conclude its 2004 championship schedule with a second visit to Irwindale Speedway on Oct. 23.

Returning to defend his championship is Scott Lynch of Burley, Idaho. Last year's runner-up in the final standings - Mike Duncan of Lamont, Calif. - leads the list of those expected to challenge Lynch for the title. Other expected contenders include Johnny Borneman of Ramona, Calif.; Austin Cameron of El Cajon, Calif.; Mike David of Modesto, Calif.; Jim Inglebright of Fairfield, Calif.; Tim Woods III of Chino Hills, Calif.; Scott Gaylord of Lakewood, Colo.; Brett Thompson of Jerome, Idaho; and Tavo (C.T.) Hellmund of Mexico City, Mexico. Other veterans of the series expected to return to competition include Gene Woods of Ontario, Calif.; and Jack Sellers of Sacramento, Calif.

The West Series is part of the NASCAR Grand National Division, which also includes the Busch North Series. Although the West Coast cars are similar in design and appearance to NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series cars, the circuit allows the use of 105-inch or 110-inch wheelbase cars in competition.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Tim Woods , Jim Inglebright , Scott Gaylord , Jack Sellers , Brett Thompson , Scott Lynch , Mike David , Gene Woods