WS: Top 15 drivers after Mesa Marin

'Road To The Showdown' A glance at the Top 15 drivers in the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 14, 2004) - The following is a glance at the current top 15 drivers in the championship standings in...

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

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 14, 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 David , Modesto, Calif. (No. 2 Injury Ford), Lynch Racing. Points: 320. Previous ranking: 4. David turned in another solid top-five finish in Bakersfield, to come away with the lead in the championship standings. As the only driver with two top-five finishes in the first two events, he has quickly demonstrated the importance of consistent top finishes. David hopes to continue his success at California Speedway - where his best finish in two races was 20th in 2002.

No. 2 - Mike Duncan , Lamont, Calif. (No. 9 Lucas Oil Chevrolet), MB Duncan Motorsports. Points: 319. Previous ranking: 9. A dominant performance and a runner-up finish at his hometown track at Mesa Marin Raceway vaulted Duncan to second in the standings, just one point out of the lead. Duncan, who finished second in the final championship standings for 2003, will be making his sixth visit to Fontana. His best finish at the 2-mile superspeedway was 4th in 2002.

No. 3 - David Gilliland , Riverside, Calif. (No. 88 Honda Cars of Corona Chevrolet), MRG Motorsports. Points: 310. Previous ranking: 11. Gilliland scored his first career series win at Mesa Marin Raceway. He has quickly demonstrated that in addition to being a contender for the Auto Meter Rookie of the Year Award, he could mount a challenge for the overall series championship this year. He looks ahead to Fontana, where he finished 5th in 2002.

No. 4 - Scott Gaylord , Lakewood, Colo. (No. 00 Oliver Gravity Separators/Denver Seminary Chevrolet), Scott Gaylord Racing. Points: 306. Previous ranking: 8. Gaylord, who has become one of the most consistent drivers in the series in recent years, finished 4th at Mesa Marin Raceway. Heading to Fontana, he is the only driver to have competed in all eight series races on the Southern California track. Twice he has finished as high as 9th place.

No. 5 - Austin Cameron , El Cajon, Calif. (No. 16 NAPA/NAPA Belts & Hose Chevrolet), Bill McAnally Racing. Points: 302. Previous ranking: 2. Cameron saw a solid run slip away in the late stages at Mesa Marin Raceway. The subsequent 12th-place finish dropped him from second to fifth in the standings. Cameron turns his focus to Fontana - where he has recorded three top-five finishes in six races.

No. 6 - Tim Woods III , Chino Hills, Calif. (No. 54 Chino Hills Ford Ford), T-III Motorsports. Points: 274. Previous ranking 6. After recording a career-best finish in the season opener, Woods turned in another solid performance at Bakersfield to remain sixth in the championship standings. He has competed in three series events at Fontana, finishing as high as 7th in 2002.

No. 7 - Nick DeFazio , Newport Beach, Calif. (No. 77 Mission Foods/Pipe Trades Ford), Performance Motorsports. Points: 264. Previous ranking: 15. In only his fourth series race, DeFazio scored a 7th-place finish at Mesa Marin Raceway. He will be competing in his first event at Fontana, when the series visits the superspeedway for the King Taco 200 on May 1.

No. 8 - Carl Harr , Edmonton, AB, Canada (No. 02 WestWorld Motorsports Chevrolet), WestWorld Motorsports. Points: 121. After leading late in the race, Carl Harr faded to a 9th-place finish at Bakersfield. Nevertheless, he is eighth in the championship standings. He returns to California Speedway, where in his only start there he finished 23rd last year.

No. 9 - Scott Lynch , Burley, Idaho (No 08 Yerf-Dog/Orleans Racing Dodge). Lynch Mob Motorsports. Points: 257. Previous ranking: 26. After encountering mechanical problems in the season opener, Lynch was quick to rebound at Bakersfield with a 3rd-place finish. The defending series champion hopes to continue his climb in the standings as the series heads to Fontana - where his best finish of 8th came in 2002.

No. 10 - Daryl Harr , St Albert, AB Canada (No. 71 WestWorld Motorsports Chevrolet). WestWorld Motorsports. Points: 248. Previous ranking: 19. Daryl Harr is coming off a career-best 8th-place finish at Mesa Marin Raceway, which moved him to 10th in the championship standings. He has competed in one event at Fontana, finishing 17th there last year.

No. 11 - Jose Luis Ramirez , Mexico City, Mexico (No. 17 Juegos Del Valle/Guerrero Ford). Performance Motorsports. Points: 230. Previous ranking: 16. Ramirez matched his finish in the season opener with another 16th-place finish at Bakersfield. The series rookie will be making his first start at California Speedway.

No. 12 - David Eshleman , Fontana, Calif. (No. 11 Cardenas Markets/Rush Truck Center Chevrolet). Eshleman Motorsports. Points: 221. Previous ranking: 17. Eshleman is coming off an 18th-place finish at Mesa Marin Raceway. He now heads to his hometown track, where he finished 19th last year.

No. 13 - Steve Schaefer , Granite Bay, Calif. (No. 33 FirstLine Chevrolet), S&S Motorsports. Points: 13. Previous ranking: 22. Schaefer came home 14th at Bakersfield, to move to 13th in the point standings. He will be making his first start at Fontana.

No. 14 - Gene Woods , Ontario, Calif. (No. 7 Dodge) Gene Woods Racing. Points: 215. Previous ranking: 20. Despite a couple of spins, Woods motored on to a 17th-place finish at Bakersfield. As he heads home to Southern California, he hopes to improve upon the 24th-place finish he recorded last year at Fontana.

No. 15 - Brian Richardson , Bakersfield, Calif. (No. 4 RICH-PAK Pontiac) Puskarich Racing, Points: 200. Previous ranking: 18. After turning in a top-10 qualifying run at his hometown track, Richardson's night ended early due to problems with an oil pump. The series rookie looks to make his first start at Fontana.


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