WWS: Irwindale - News of Note

NEWS OF NOTE * Close challenge at midway point... This year's battle in the championship standings is shaping up to be another close challenge. At the midway point of the season, the top four drivers in the standings are separated by less than...

NEWS OF NOTE

* Close challenge at midway point... This year's battle in the championship standings is shaping up to be another close challenge. At the midway point of the season, the top four drivers in the standings are separated by less than 90 points. The close competition is reflected throughout the top 10, with just 125 points separating the nine drivers in second through 10th place.

* Another Bud for Cameron... Austin Cameron has won the Bud Pole Award in three of the last four races.

* Leading the way... Eric Norris continues to lead the series statistics in several categories. His average finish in the first five races is 3.6. He also leads in money won, with $62,500. He is tied with Kevin Richards in terms of laps completed; running 762 of the 763 possible in the first five races.

* Hall of Fame... The inaugural induction ceremony for the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame is slated for Friday, July 26, at the Sheraton Four Points in Monrovia, Calif. The inaugural members consist of a group of 30 former champions, car owners and officials.

* Reunion time... The second annual West Coast Stock Car Reunion is scheduled in conjunction with the NASCAR Winston West Series race at Irwindale Speedway. The reunion-- which is slated to begin at 4 p.m.-- is to include a display of classic race cars, an autograph session and a photo session.

* Blow out the candles... Drivers celebrating a birthday during the month of July include Gary Smith, who turned 34 on the 6th; Brendan Gaughan, who turned 27 on the 10th; Joe Bean, who turned 40 on the 11th; Bobby Dotter, who turned 42, also on the 11th; Brandon Ash, who turned 25 on the 17th; and Jack Sellers, who turns 58 on the 27th.

ON THE RIGHT TRACK

* Eric Norris (No. 32 JaniKing/Ultra Wheels Ford) only had one top-10 finish at Monroe prior to his recent victory there, a ninth-place finish in 1998.

* Ed Watson (No. 55 Creekside Retirement Ford) had a career-best fourth-place finish at Evergreen Speedway. It was his first NASCAR Winston West Series race since 1995.

* Mike Duncan (No. 9 MB Duncan Motorsports Chevrolet) has turned in three consecutive top-five finishes.

FROM THE ARCHIVES

* In June of 1999, Steve Portenga won the inaugural NASCAR Winston West Series event at Irwindale Speedway. His margin of victory was .101 seconds, at an average speed of 69.93 mph.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Bobby Dotter , Steve Portenga , Gary Smith , Eric Norris , Jack Sellers , Brandon Ash , Austin Cameron