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Mike David hopes to continue string of top-five finishes DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 26, 2004) - Top-five finishes in the first two races this season propelled Mike David (No. 2 Bennett Lane Winery Ford) into first place in the championship ...

Mike David hopes to continue string of top-five finishes

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 26, 2004) - Top-five finishes in the first two races this season propelled Mike David (No. 2 Bennett Lane Winery Ford) into first place in the championship standings of the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series. Consistent top-five finishes like that could be the key to this year's championship, according to David.

"That's what you're going to have to do to win the championship," the 37-year-old Modesto, Calif., competitor said of the title chase. "It's what we will need to stay in this thing."

David will be aiming for another top-five finish when the series visits California Speedway in Fontana, Calif., for the King Taco 200 on Saturday, May 1. The event will be the first of seven West Series races this year to be televised live in high definition on HDNet. In addition to the live broadcast, the race will re-air on SPEED Channel cable network on May 15 at 9 a.m. PT.

Although his finish positions do not reflect it, David has run well in this event the past two years. "We had a decent car in both races," he recalled. "The first year we were running in the top 10 when we blew a right front tire and last year a fuel pump went sour on us. We lost fuel pressure and the motor laid down. So, the circumstances created bad finishes."

David is hopeful of overcoming those obstacles this year, however. "We're well prepared for this race," he said of the Lynch Racing team. "I think we' re going to have a good run."

While pleased with their initial accomplishments this year, David points to one goal he and the team have yet to achieve in the series. "Of course, we' re still looking for our first win. It would be a lot better if we had one." Nonetheless, he is happy with their performance so far. "I think things have gone real well," David said. "The top fives are good for us. The car has run well and the team has done a good job."

"I don't know if we're trying any harder than we ever have," David said. "It 's just that things are finally jelling for us." In addition to crediting the addition of crew chief Ted Kennedy with contributing to the organization and leadership of the team, he also points to the role of car owner Randy Lynch. "Randy always gives us everything we need to make it go right," David said. "I think it's all finally coming together."

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