'Road To The Showdown' A glance at the Top 15 drivers in the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 5, 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. 5, 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: 986. Previous ranking: 1. Despite a spin late in the race at Irwindale, Duncan recovered for a top-five finish. In doing so, he also extended his string of top-10 finishes to 17, dating back to the second race of 2003. Next on the West Series schedule is a return to the tight quarter-mile oval of Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway. Duncan set the fast mark in qualifying at Stockton in May and led 142 of the 150 laps, before finishing second.
No. 2 - Austin Cameron
, El Cajon, Calif. (No. 16 NAPA/NAPA Belts & Hose Chevrolet), Bill McAnally Racing. Points: 971. Previous ranking: 2. Cameron found that running third was advantageous at Irwindale, as top two cars spun late in the race and left him to collect his third consecutive win. With the victory, the El Cajon, Calif., competitor closed to within 15 points of Duncan in the championship standings. Cameron could gain his fourth win in a row at Stockton, where he went to victory lane in this event last year and again this past May.
No. 3 - Scott Gaylord
, Lakewood, Colo. (No. 00 Oliver Gravity Separators/Denver Seminary Chevrolet), Scott Gaylord Racing. Points: 889. Previous ranking: 4. Gaylord turned in another strong performance at Irwindale, qualifying eighth and finishing third. The podium finish boosted him back to third in the championship standings. Gaylord's best finish at Stockton was a 10th-place finish last year.
No. 4 - David Gilliland
, Riverside, Calif. (No. 88 RacecarCeilingFans.com Chevrolet), MRG Motorsports. Points: 888. Previous ranking: 3. After jumping into the initial lead at Irwindale, Gilliland's hopes faded with a flat tire 40 laps into the event. Another flat later in the race left him to finish six laps down in 20th. The leading contender for this year's Auto Meter Rookie of the Year Award finished third when the series visited Stockton earlier this year.
No. 5 - Mike David
, Modesto, Calif. (No. 2 Bennett Lane Winery Ford), Lynch Racing. Points: 841. Previous ranking: 6. David ran strong at Irwindale, but a spin left him to charge from behind in the late stages of the race. He recovered for a ninth-place finish, his fourth top-10 in five visits to the half-mile track. His stats are even more impressive at Stockton, his home track. David has two third-place finishes there, along with an eighth-place finish.
No. 6 - Scott Lynch
, Burley, Idaho (No 08 Yerf-Dog/Orleans Racing Dodge), Lynch Mob Motorsports. Points: 806. Previous ranking: 5. Lynch's hopes for a second consecutive series championship encountered a big setback at Irwindale, as mechanical problems left him with a 23rd-place finish and slipped him back a spot in the point standings. In two visits to Stockton, he has notched two top-10 finishes.
No. 7 - Tim Woods III
, Chino Hills, Calif. (No. 54 Chino Hills Ford Ford), T-III Motorsports. Points: 762. Previous ranking 10. Tim Woods, who battled for the lead midway through the Irwindale race, went on to record a career-best second-place finish at his home track. The runner-up finish propelled him up three spots in the standings. He hopes to maintain the momentum at Stockton as he looks for his first top-10 finish there.
No. 8 - Daryl Harr
, St Albert, AB, Canada (No. 71 WestWorld Motorsports Chevrolet), WestWorld Motorsports. Points: 752. Previous ranking: 7. Daryl Harr had a top-10 finish slip away from him late in the race at Irwindale after scraping the wall in turn four. He recovered to finish 14th. The 22-year-old Canadian driver came away from Stockton with a ninth-place finish in his only visit to the quarter-mile in May.
No. 9 - Carl Harr
, Edmonton, AB, Canada (No. 02 WestWorld Motorsports Chevrolet), WestWorld Motorsports. Points: 724. Previous ranking: 8. Carl Harr turned in another solid performance at Irwindale, qualifying 22nd and moving up to finish 15th. Harr heads to Stockton, where he finished 17th earlier this year in his only visit to the quarter-mile track.
No. 10 - Jose Luis Ramirez
, Mexico City, Mexico (No. 17 Del Valle/Guerrero Ford), Performance Motorsports. Points: 720. Previous ranking: 9. Suspension problems at Irwindale left Ramirez struggling with an ill-handling race car. Nevertheless, he managed to finish 16th. The return to Stockton will be the first time for Ramirez to visit a track where he has competed in a West Series car - finishing sixth there in May.
No. 11 - Nick DeFazio
, Newport Beach, Calif. (No. 77 Top Foods/Mission Foods/Lucas Oil Ford), Performance Motorsports. Points: 712. Previous ranking: 11. Like others competing at their home track, DeFazio ran strong at Irwindale, qualifying seventh and finishing eighth. Meanwhile, he hopes to avoid the mechanical problems that struck in his visit to Stockton in May.
No. 12 - Gene Woods
, Ontario, Calif. (No. 7 Circle K/Monster Energy Drinks Dodge), Gene Woods Racing. Points: 678. Previous ranking: 13. Gene Woods came from behind for a solid finish at Irwindale. After arriving late, scrambling to get out for practice and qualifying 24th - he finished 11th. He looks forward to Stockton, where one of his best performances was two years ago, when he finished 6th.
No. 13 - David Eshleman
, Fontana, Calif. (No. 11 Fleet Refinishes/gotbrakes.com Chevrolet), Eshleman Motorsports. Points: 666. Previous ranking: 12. Eshleman spent his time between the West Series race at Monroe, Wash., and Irwindale traveling back and forth to the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series race in New Hampshire. He returned to action in the West Series with a 21st-place finish at Irwindale.
No. 14 - Jack Sellers
, Sacramento, Calif. (No. 15 Aramark Pontiac), Sellers Racing, Points: 612. Previous ranking: 15. Sellers also made the long haul to New Hampshire for the Busch North Series event. He returned to the West Coast to compete in his ninth West Series race at Irwindale, where he finished 19th. In making three starts at Stockton, his best finish was 13th two years ago.
No. 15 - Bobby Hillis
, Phoenix, Ariz. (No. 27 First Impression Press Chevrolet), Fierce Creature Racing. Points: 606. Previous ranking: 14. Hillis is looking to solidify his standings in the top 15 of the championship standings in order to gain an invitation to this year's NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown. After finishing 22nd at Irwindale - he prepares for Stockton, where his best finish was 14th last year.