WS: Leader bonus payout announced

DRIVERS TO SHARE $50,000 IN PRIZE MONEY FROM NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, WEST SERIES BONUS PROGRAM DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 1, 2007) -- Fifteen drivers of the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series are receiving a combined $50,000 in...

DRIVERS TO SHARE $50,000 IN PRIZE MONEY FROM NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, WEST SERIES BONUS PROGRAM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 1, 2007) -- Fifteen drivers of the NASCAR Grand National Division, 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 2007, is being distributed based on the championship standings after the first five races. The season's sixth race is Saturday at Colorado National Speedway in Erie, Colo.

Mike David (No. 2 Bennett Lane Winery Ford), of Modesto, Calif., tops the standings after five events with 824 points and will net the biggest amount, receiving $10,000. He has piloted the Randy Lynch-owned entry to podium finishes in four of the first five races this season. Those finishes include a win at Altamont Motorsports Park near Tracy, Calif.; a runner-up finish in the season opener at Thunder Hill Raceway in Kyle, Texas; and third-place finishes at Phoenix International Raceway and in the NASCAR Grand National Division combination race at Elko (Minn.) Speedway.

Second in the standings with 721 points is Johnny Borneman (No. 8 Twisted X Boots/Red Line Oil Ford) of Ramona, Calif. He will receive $6,000. Borneman is coming off a season-high fourth-place finish in the NASCAR Grand National Division combination race at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. In addition, he had a top-10 finish at Altamont.

Two-time series champion Mike Duncan (No. 9 Lucas Oil/Ron's Rear Ends Chevrolet) of Bakersfield, Calif., is third in the standings with 706 points and will receive $4,000. He opened the season with a top-five finish in Texas and added to that with another top-five at Iowa. Duncan had a top-10 finish at Altamont.

Receiving $3,750 for being fourth in the standings with 695 points is the leading Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate, Jason Bowles (No. 22 Sunrise Ford/Turbo Torq Ford) of Ontario, Calif. Series veteran Brett Thompson (No. 61 Pets Best Insurance/Thompson Motorsports Chevrolet) of Jerome, Idaho, is fifth in the standings with 688 points and will receive $3,500.

Receiving $3,250 for sixth, with 678 points, is Justin Lofton (No. 66 Lofton Cattle/Cometic/Klotz Ford) of Westmorland, Calif. Just one point behind is Eric Hardin (No. 5 Alta Dena Dairy Chevrolet) of Anaheim, Calif. -- who collects $3,000 for seventh at 677 points. Andrew Myers (No. 44 Toyota of Escondido/NEO Chevrolet) of Newport Beach, Calif., is eighth in the standings with 640 points and will receive $2,750. Receiving $2,500 for ninth is Alex Haase (No. 88 Motorway Auto Group of El Paso Chevrolet) of Las Vegas, Nev., with 621 points. Tim Woods III (No. 54 Chino Hills Ford Ford) of Chino Hills, Calif., receives $2,250 for being 10th with 619 points.

Drivers 11th through 15th will also share in the prize money. They include Brian Ickler (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet), $2,000; Ryan Foster (No. 21 Golden Gate Petroleum Chevrolet), $1,900; Eric Richardson (No. 20 NAPA Belts & Hose Chevrolet), $1,800; Moses Smith (No. 18 HASA Pool Products/White Flyer Chevrolet), $1,700 and Jim Inglebright (No. 1 Jelly Belly Chevrolet), $1,600.

In addition to the prize money for the first leg, the top 15 drivers who accumulate the most points from the sixth race (at Colorado National Speedway on June 2) through the 10th race will divide an additional $50,000. This is the 10th consecutive year that teams in the 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.

-credit: nascar

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Drivers Tim Woods , Brett Thompson , Mike David , Andrew Myers , Ryan Foster , Brian Ickler