WS: Top 15 at a glance 2004-07-07

'Road To The Showdown' A glance at the Top 15 drivers in the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 7, 2004) - The following is a glance at the current top 15 drivers in the championship standings in the...

'Road To The Showdown'
A glance at the Top 15 drivers in the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 7, 2004) - The following is a glance at the current top 15 drivers in the championship standings in the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series. The top 15 drivers from each series in the NASCAR Grand National Division - the West Series and the Busch North Series - will be invited to compete in the second annual NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway on Nov. 11-13. The event will be televised live on NASCAR TV on SPEED Channel.

No. 1 - Mike Duncan , Bakersfield, Calif. (No. 9 Lucas Oil/Ron's Rear Ends Chevrolet), MB Duncan Motorsports. Points: 646. Previous ranking: 1. With his runner-up finish at Stockton 99 Speedway, along with 10 bonus points for leading the most laps, Duncan maintained his lead in the championship standings. The series heads to the Pacific Northwest for its annual stop at the beautiful Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash., on July 17. Duncan has finished in the top 10 in all three series races he has competed in on the .646-mile track, including a second-place finish last year.

No. 2 - David Gilliland , Riverside, Calif. (No. 88 Chevrolet), MRG Motorsports. Points: 625. Previous ranking: 3. Although a rookie in the series, Gilliland looks much like a veteran with the consistent finishes he has turned in this season. His most recent performance, a third-place finish at Stockton, put him second in the championship standings. The upcoming visit to Evergreen Speedway will be his first as a West Series driver. His father, Butch Gilliland, went to victory lane twice in 11 races at Monroe.

No. 3 - Austin Cameron , El Cajon, Calif. (No. 16 NAPA/NAPA Belts & Hose Chevrolet), Bill McAnally Racing. Points: 606. Previous ranking: 6. Cameron made a late-race charge to the front at Stockton to score his ninth career series victory. The win boosted the El Cajon, Calif., competitor to third in the standings. Cameron hopes to keep the momentum rolling at Monroe, where he has only one top-five finish in four previous races.

No. 4 - Mike David , Modesto, Calif. (No. 2 Bennett Lane Winery Ford), Lynch Racing. Points: 600. Previous ranking: 4. An early spin at Stockton left David to charge from the back of the pack on the tight quarter-mile oval. Despite an incident on the final lap, he was able to finish eighth. It allowed him to retain fourth in the standings. In his only previous appearance at Evergreen Speedway, David finished fifth.

No. 5 - Scott Gaylord , Lakewood, Colo. (No. 00 Oliver Gravity Separators/Denver Seminary Chevrolet), Scott Gaylord Racing. Points: 569. Previous ranking: 2. An incident on lap 102 sidelined Gaylord at Stockton. The subsequent 20th-place finish dropped him to fifth in the point standings. Heading to Monroe, he has scored two top-five and four top-10 finishes in nine races on the .646-mile oval.

No. 6 - Scott Lynch , Burley, Idaho (No 08 Yerf-Dog/Orleans Racing Dodge). Lynch Mob Motorsports. Points: 561. Previous ranking: 5. An early spin at Stockton left Lynch trying to battle his way back to the front with brake problems. He finished the race in 10th. In his only West Series race at Evergreen Speedway, Lynch finished sixth last year.

No. 7 - Jose Luis Ramirez , Mexico City, Mexico (No. 17 Cardenas/Del Valle/Guerrero Ford). Performance Motorsports. Points: 514. Previous ranking: 11. Ramirez, who as a rookie has continued to step up his performance this season, finished sixth at Stockton. He hopes to continue his climb in the point standings when he gets his first look at Evergreen Speedway on July 17.

No. 8 - Daryl Harr , St Albert, AB Canada (No. 71 WestWorld Motorsports Chevrolet). WestWorld Motorsports. Points: 507. Previous ranking: 8. Daryl Harr turned in his second top-10 finish of the season, coming home ninth at Stockton. Next on his agenda is Monroe, where he finished 13th in one of five series events he ran last season.

No. 9 - Tim Woods III , Chino Hills, Calif. (No. 54 Chino Hills Ford Ford), T-III Motorsports. Points: 486. Previous ranking 7. Although mechanical problems sidelined Woods early at Stockton, he was able to return to action and salvage a 19th-place finish. In his only visit to the .646-mile paved oval in Monroe, Woods finished 12th in 2002.

No. 10 - Carl Harr , Edmonton, AB, Canada (No. 02 WestWorld Motorsports Chevrolet), WestWorld Motorsports. Points: 476. Previous ranking: 10. Despite a 17th-place finish at Stockton, Carl Harr was able to retain the 10th spot in the championship standings. He heads to Monroe, where he finished 15th last year in his only visit to the track.

No. 11 - David Eshleman , Fontana, Calif. (No. 11 Fleet Refinishes/Cardenas Markets Chevrolet). Eshleman Motorsports. Points: 454. Previous ranking: 13. Eshleman continued his climb in the point standings, fueled most recently by a 15th-place finish at Stockton. In his only visit to Evergreen Speedway, last year as a rookie, he was sidelined early and finished 21st.

No. 12 - Nick DeFazio , Newport Beach, Calif. (No. 77 Food 4 Less/Mission Foods), Performance Motorsports. Points: 452. Previous ranking: 12. After getting his rookie campaign off to a solid start early this season, DeFazio has encountered recent mechanical woes. The latest left him to finish 22nd at Stockton. He will get his first look at Evergreen Speedway as the series heads to the Northwest.

No. 13 - Gene Woods , Ontario, Calif. (No. 7 Circle K/Monster Energy Drinks Dodge) Gene Woods Racing. Points: 448. Previous ranking: 15. Woods turned in another solid performance at Stockton, finishing 11th. He hopes to encounter better luck in this visit to Monroe than last year, when he got caught up in an early incident and finished 22nd.

No. 14 - Bobby Hillis , Phoenix, Ariz. (No. 27 First Impression Press Chevrolet), Fierce Creature Racing. Points: 415. Previous ranking: 17. Hillis is coming off an 18th-place finish at Stockton. The Phoenix, Ariz., competitor is expected among the entries at Evergreen Speedway, where he notched a 13th-place finish in one of two visits.

No. 15 - Jack Sellers , Sacramento, Calif. (No. 15 Aramark Chevrolet) Sellers Racing, Points: 391. Previous ranking: 18. A 16th-place finish at Stockton contributed to Sellers' continued climb in the point standings. He has competed in more series events at Monroe than any other active driver, taking the green flag 15 times.


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Drivers Tim Woods , Bobby Hillis , Scott Gaylord , Jack Sellers , Scott Lynch , Mike David , Daryl Harr , Carl Harr , Gene Woods , David Eshleman , David Gilliland , Austin Cameron , Jose Luis Ramirez