DRIVERS TO SHARE $50,000 IN PRIZE MONEY FROM NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, AUTOZONE WEST SERIES BONUS PROGRAM DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 12, 2006) -- Fifteen drivers of the NASCAR Grand National Division, AutoZone West Series are receiving a...
DRIVERS TO SHARE $50,000 IN PRIZE MONEY FROM NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, AUTOZONE WEST SERIES BONUS PROGRAM
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 12, 2006) -- Fifteen drivers of the NASCAR Grand National Division, AutoZone West Series are receiving a combined $50,000 in prize money for the first portion of the leader bonus program for this season.
The prize money, part of the overall $350,000 point fund award for 2006, is being distributed based on the championship standings after the first four races.
Mike David (No. 2 Bennett Lane Winery Ford), of Modesto, Calif., will receive $10,000 for leading the championship standings. David -- who pilots the bright yellow entry of car owner Randy Lynch -- has accumulated 636 points. In addition to a win in the third event of the season at Stockton 99 Speedway in Stockton, Calif. -- which propelled him to the top of the point standings -- David finished third at Phoenix in April and sixth at Irwindale last month after starting the year with a 14th-place finish in the season opener at Phoenix.
Steve Portenga (No. 77 King Taco Ford) is receiving $6,000 for being second after the first four races. Portenga -- who originally hailed from Sparks, Nev., but now resides near Bakersfield, Calif. -- has 617 points. He is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in all four races so far this year -- finishing third at Stockton, fifth at Phoenix in April along with seventh-place finishes at Phoenix and Irwindale.
Eric Holmes (No. 62 Sunoco Race Fuels/Paul Oil Chevrolet) will take home $4,000 for being third in the standings with 608 points. Holmes of Escalon, Calif., is the only driver with three top-five finishes in the first four events -- two runner-up finishes and a fourth-place finish. He has been pulling double duty this year, also racing in the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series.
Two-time and defending series champion Mike Duncan (No. 9 Lucas Oil/Ron's Rear Ends Chevrolet) of Bakersfield, Calif., will receive $3,750 for being fourth in the standings with 565 points. Jim Inglebright (No. 1 Jelly Belly Chevrolet) of Fairfield, Calif., will collect $3,500 for fifth place in the standings, with 557 points after four events.
Receiving $3,250 for sixth, with 547 points, is the leading Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Peyton Sellers (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts/NAPA Belts & Hose Chevrolet) of Danville, Va. Just one point behind is Brett Thompson (No. 61 Thompson Motorsports/Rich Thompson Trucking Chevrolet) of Jerome, Idaho -- who collects $3,000 for seventh at 546 points. Series rookie Brian Ickler (No. 20 NAPA Filters Chevrolet) of San Diego, Calif., is eighth in the standings with 518 points and will receive $2,750. Receiving $2,500 for ninth is Scott Gaylord (No. 00 Oliver Gravity Separators/Denver Seminary Chevrolet) of Lakewood, Colo., with 516 points. Johnny Borneman (No. 8 Borneman Plastering/Red Line Oil Ford) of Ramona, Calif., receives $2,250 for being 10th with 494 points.
Drivers 11th through 15th will also share in the prize money. They include Andrew Myers (No. 44 Toyota of Escondido Chevrolet), $2,000; Justin Lofton (No. 66 Lofton Cattle Feeding Investments Chevrolet), $1,900; Jack Sellers (No. 75 Aramark Pontiac), $1,800; Austin Cameron (No. 88 RaceCarFans.com Chevrolet), $1,700 and Tim Woods III (No. 54 Chino Hills Ford Ford), $1,600.
In addition to the prize money for the first leg, the top 15 drivers who accumulate the most points from the fifth race (at Infineon Raceway June 24) through the eighth race (at Evergreen Speedway July 29) will divide an additional $50,000. This is the ninth consecutive year that teams in the AutoZone West Series are being rewarded for their performance through this program. The bulk of the overall point fund will be distributed at the end of the season, based on the final championship standings.