'Road To The Showdown' A glance at the Top 15 drivers in the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 24, 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. (Aug. 24, 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: 1,156. Previous ranking: 1. After notching his fourth Bud Pole Award of the season, Duncan cruised to a second-place finish at Stockton. With the runner-up finish, which marked his 18th consecutive top-10 finish, Duncan stretched his lead in the championship standings to 73 points. The West Series heads to Rocky Mountain Raceways in West Valley City, Utah - where Duncan's best finish in three races was fourth in 2000.
No. 2 - Austin Cameron, El Cajon, Calif. (No. 16 NAPA/NAPA Belts & Hose Chevrolet), Bill McAnally Racing. Points: 1,083. Previous ranking: 2. Cameron's title chase suffered a setback at Stockton. The front of his car was initially damaged from contact with a spinning car on lap 27. A second incident on lap 92 left him sidelined with a 17th-place finish. The El Cajon, Calif., competitor hopes to regain his momentum at RMR. He is one of only a few drivers to compete in all five series races at the 3/8-mile track. In addition to a win there in 2002, Cameron has two top-five and three top-10 finishes.
No. 3 - Scott Gaylord, Lakewood, Colo. (No. 00 Oliver Gravity Separators/Denver Seminary Chevrolet), Scott Gaylord Racing. Points: 1,049. Previous ranking: 3. Gaylord is experiencing one of his best seasons since joining the series in 1988. A fourth-place finish at Stockton marked his fifth top-five finish in seven races this year. He heads to RMR - where in addition to three top-fives, he has finished in the top-10 in all five visits
No. 4 - Mike David, Modesto, Calif. (No. 2 Bennett Lane Winery Ford), Lynch Racing. Points: 1,026. Previous ranking: 5. David scored his first career series victory with a win at his home track of Stockton. The win propelled him to fourth in the championship standings. David will look to solidify his position with a strong run at RMR, where he finished sixth in 2002 in his only visit there.
No. 5 - David Gilliland, Riverside, Calif. (No. 88 RacecarCeilingFans.com Chevrolet), MRG Motorsports. Points: 1,006. Previous ranking: 4. Action on the tight quarter-mile oval at Stockton left Gilliland to struggle to a 15th-place finish with a battered race car. The leading candidate for this year's Auto Meter Rookie of the Year Award looks to rebound at Utah. His father, Butch Gilliland, won the inaugural series race at RMR in 1999.
No. 6 - Scott Lynch, Burley, Idaho (No 08 Yerf-Dog/Orleans Racing Dodge), Lynch Mob Motorsports. Points: 911. Previous ranking: 6. After leading the initial laps at Stockton, Lynch was sidelined in a lap-27 incident. Nevertheless, he remains sixth in the point standings. Lynch looks to get back on track at RMR, the site of one of three victories he collected en route to winning the series championship last year.
No. 7 - Daryl Harr, St Albert, AB, Canada (No. 71 WestWorld Motorsports Chevrolet), WestWorld Motorsports. Points: 902. Previous ranking: 8. A career-best sixth-place finish at Stockton moved Daryl Harr up one position to seventh in the point standings. The second-generation driver from St. Albert, Alberta, will attempt to add to his success at RMR. His two previous visits there include a top-10 finish in 2002.
No. 8 - Tim Woods III, Chino Hills, Calif. (No. 54 Chino Hills Ford Ford), T-III Motorsports. Points: 883. Previous ranking 7. Tim Woods III was credited with a 14th-place finish at Stockton after contact with the wall ended his night on lap 153. The Chino Hills, Calif., competitor looks forward to RMR, which he compares to his home track of Irwindale Speedway. Woods' best finish in two visits to the Utah track was seventh last year.
No. 9 - Carl Harr, Edmonton, AB, Canada (No. 02 WestWorld Motorsports Chevrolet), WestWorld Motorsports. Points: 870. Previous ranking: 9. Carl Harr captured a career-best seventh-place finish at Stockton, shadowing the sixth-place finish by his son, Daryl. The father-son team from Canada head to Utah, where Carl's best finish in two visits was 11th in 2002.
No. 10 - Jose Luis Ramirez, Mexico City, Mexico (No. 17 Del Valle/Guerrero Ford), Performance Motorsports. Points: 826. Previous ranking: 10. Along with several other drivers in the top 10 of the standings, Ramirez was sidelined at Stockton and finished 19th. The Auto Meter Rookie of the Year candidate hopes to regain his earlier momentum in making his first visit to RMR.
No. 11 - Nick DeFazio, Newport Beach, Calif. (No. 77 Top Foods/Mission Foods/Lucas Oil Ford), Performance Motorsports. Points: 821. Previous ranking: 11. DeFazio was unable to steer clear of problems at Stockton and wound up 18th. The Newport Beach, Calif., competitor will get his first look at the 3/8-mile of Rocky Mountain Raceways.
No. 12 - Gene Woods, Ontario, Calif. (No. 7 Circle K/Monster Energy Drinks Dodge), Gene Woods Racing. Points: 820. Previous ranking: 12. Gene Woods overcame problems at Stockton to gain his first top-10 finish of the season, coming home eighth. The former speedway motorcycle champion from Ontario, Calif., will be making his third visit to RMR. His best finish there was 11th last year.
No. 13 - David Eshleman, Fontana, Calif. (No. 11 Fleet Refinishes/gotbrakes.com Chevrolet), Eshleman Motorsports. Points: 793. Previous ranking: 13. Eshleman recovered from a couple of incidents at Stockton to come home with a career-high 12th-place finish. The former mayor of Fontana, Calif., will be making his second visit to RMR, after finishing 18th there last year.
No. 14 - Jack Sellers, Sacramento, Calif. (No. 15 Aramark Pontiac), Sellers Racing, Points: 746. Previous ranking: 14. Sellers recorded a 10th-place finish at Stockton, marking his 31st career top-10 finish in 20 years of competition in the series. Sellers heads to Rocky Mountain Raceways, where his best finish in four races was 13th in 2001.
No. 15 - Bobby Hillis, Phoenix, Ariz. (No. 27 First Impression Press Chevrolet), Fierce Creature Racing. Points: 736. Previous ranking: 15. Hillis steered clear of trouble at Stockton to finish 11th. The series veteran from Phoenix, Ariz., will be making his fourth series start at RMR. He scored his best career finish there in 2001, coming home 10th.