Drivers share $50,000 in prize money from Nascar Grand National Division, Winston West Series bonus program DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 14, 2003) - Fifteen drivers of the NASCAR Grand National Division, Winston West Series will share a ...
Drivers share $50,000 in prize money from Nascar Grand National Division, Winston West Series bonus program
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 14, 2003) - Fifteen drivers of the NASCAR Grand National Division, Winston West Series will share a combined $50,000 from the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., as prize money for the first leg of the 2003 schedule.
The prize money will be presented to the drivers on Saturday, July 26, prior to the start of the King Taco 200 at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway.
Steve Portenga (No. 77 Food 4 Less/King Taco Ford) will receive $10,000 for leading the Winston West standings after the first six races of the season. Driving the Performance Motorsports entry, he is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in all six events. Portenga began his racing career while living in Sparks, Nev., but now resides in Bakersfield, Calif.
Mike Duncan (No. 9 Lucas Oil Chevrolet) of Lamont, Calif., will receive $6,000 for being second after the first six races. In addition to notching his first career victory in May, Duncan has top-10 finishes in four other events this season.
Third in the standings after the first six events is the leading Raybestos Brakes Rookie of the Year contender, Scott Lynch (No. 08 Yerf-Dog/The Orleans Dodge), who will receive $4,000. The Burley, Idaho, competitor has had four top-10 finishes so far.
Series veteran Scott Gaylord (No. 00 Oliver Gravity Separators/Denver Seminary Chevrolet) of Lakewood, Colo., will receive $3,750 for fourth place in the standings - while fifth-place prize money of $3,500 goes to Jim Inglebright (No. 20 Jelly Belly/NAPA Chevrolet) of Fairfield, Calif.
Receiving $3,250 for sixth in the standings is Johnny Borneman (No. 8 Borneman Plastering/Red Line Oil Ford) of Ramona, Calif. Kevin Richards (No. 85 Monaco Enterprises/Jerry Springer Chevrolet) of Spokane, Wash., will collect $3,000 for seventh - with Mark Reed (No. 3 Royal Bath & Body Products Pontiac) of Bakersfield, Calif., netting $2,750 for eighth. Brett Thompson (No. 61 Rich Thompson Trucking Chevrolet) of Jerome, Idaho, will receive $2,500 for ninth; while $2,250 goes to 10th-place Gene Woods (No. 7 Auto Trader Magazine/CNWB.com Dodge) of Ontario, Calif.
Drivers 11th through 15th will also share in the prize money. They include Jack Sellers, $2,000; David Eshleman, $1,900; Bobby Hillis, $1,800; Jeff Davis, $1,700; and Daryl Harr, $1,600.
In addition to the prize money for the first leg, the top 15 drivers who accumulate the most points from the seventh through the 11th races will receive an additional $50,000. This is the sixth consecutive year that teams in the Winston West Series are being rewarded for their performance through this program.
The prize money is part of the $350,000 point fund award from R.J. Reynolds Co.'s Winston brand. The bulk of the overall point fund will be distributed at the end of the season, based on the final championship standings.