A look at the top 15 drivers in the NASCAR Grand National Division, Winston West Series. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 8, 2003) - The following is a glance at the current Top 15 drivers in the championship standings in the NASCAR Grand National ...
A look at the top 15 drivers in the NASCAR Grand National Division, Winston West Series.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 8, 2003) - The following is a glance at the current Top 15 drivers in the championship standings in the NASCAR Grand National Division, Winston West Series. The top 15 drivers in the two NASCAR Grand National series - Busch North and Winston West - will be invited to compete in the inaugural NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway on Nov. 6-8. The event will be televised live on NASCAR TV on SPEED Channel, beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
No. 1 - Steve Portenga (No. 77 King Taco Ford), Sparks, Nev. Points: 1,398. Previous ranking: 1. Portenga finished fourth at Rocky Mountain Raceways, while picking up his second POWERade Power Move of the Race Award for advancing the most positions. He has maintained his lead in the championship standings this year with consistent top finishes, including five top-five finishes and nine top-10 finishes in nine races. Portenga will get his first look at Douglas County Speedway when the series visits Roseburg, Ore., on Sept. 20.
No. 2 - Scott Lynch (No. 08 Yerf-Dog/The Orleans Dodge), Burley, Idaho. Points: 1,385. Previous ranking: 2. Lynch took the victory at Rocky Mountain Raceways to become the first repeat winner in the series in 2003. With the win, he closed to within 13 points of the lead in the chase for the championship. Lynch leads the race for the Raybestos Brakes Rookie of the Year Award. In addition to the rookie title, he is also hopeful of becoming only the second driver to win the series championship in his rookie year.
No. 3 - Mike Duncan (No. 9 Lucas Oil Chevrolet), Lamont, Calif. Points: 1351. Previous ranking: 3. Duncan had another strong run at Rocky Mountain Raceways. Despite falling two laps behind the leader after making a green-flag pit stop to replace a flat tire, he recovered to finish on the lead lap with his third consecutive sixth-place finish. The series now heads to Roseburg, where Duncan charged forward from a 15th-place starting position to finish fourth last year.
No. 4 - Scott Gaylord (No. 00 Oliver Gravity Separators/Denver Seminary Chevrolet), Lakewood, Colo. Points: 1338. Previous ranking: 4. Gaylord notched another top-five finish at Rocky Mountain Raceways, his fourth of the year. For the second consecutive year, he led the most laps in the event. He relinquished the lead after making a pit stop late in the event and eventually finished fifth. Although Gaylord won the Bud Pole Award and led the most laps at Roseburg last year, he tangled with another car and finished 17th.
No. 5 - Kevin Richards (No. 85 Monaco Enterprises/Jerry Springer Chevrolet), Spokane, Wash. Points: 1280. Previous ranking: 5. Richards struggled to a 15th-place finish at Rocky Mountain Raceways, after falling laps behind while in the pits with mechanical woes. Despite the problems, he was able to retain the fifth spot in the championship standings. Richards heads to Roseburg, where he came home with a seventh-place finish last year.
No. 6 - Johnny Borneman (No. 8 Borneman Plastering/Red Line Oil Ford), Ramona, Calif. Points: 1253. Previous ranking: 6. Borneman encountered mechanical trouble at Rocky Mountain Raceways. Problems with the car's rear gear left him in 16th and his first DNF of the season. He was able, however, to retain sixth in the championship standings. Borneman's visit to Roseburg last year resulted in an eighth-place finish.
No. 7 - Mark Reed (No. 3 Royal Bath & Body Products Pontiac), Bakersfield, Calif. Points: 1251. Previous ranking: 9. Reed netted a third-place finish at Rocky Mountain Raceways, a track he considers one of his favorites. The podium finish boosted him from ninth to seventh in the championship standings. Reed has finished in the top 10 in all eight races in which he has competed this season. Reed brought home a 10th-place finish last year at Roseburg.
No. 8 - Brett Thompson (No. 61 Rich Thompson Trucking Chevrolet), Jerome, Idaho. Points: 1238. Previous ranking: 7. Thompson finished one lap down to the leader at Rocky Mountain Raceways, after contact with another car sent him spinning late in the event. Nonetheless, he came home eighth to collect his fourth consecutive top-10 finish. Thompson is hoping to continue the string at Roseburg and avoid the trouble that left him 18th last year.
No. 9 - Jim Inglebright (No. 20 Jelly Belly/NAPA Chevrolet), Fairfield, Calif. Points: 1227. Previous ranking: 8. Inglebright struggled to a 10th-place finish at Rocky Mountain Raceways after losing two laps due to a green-flag pit stop to replace a flat tire. Inglebright is hoping to avoid any more of the bad luck he has encountered through the mid-season races. Inglebright will be competing at Roseburg for the first time.
No. 10 - Gene Woods (No. 7 Auto Trader Magazine/CNWB.com Dodge), Ontario, Calif. Points: 1100. Previous ranking: 10. After qualifying 16th, Woods advanced through the field to finish 11th at Rocky Mountain Raceways. In doing so, he managed to maintain his top-10 spot in the championship standings - where he has remained for the eight consecutive races. Woods finished 14th at Roseburg last season, while running a limited schedule of events.
No. 11 - Jack Sellers (No. 15 Aramark/Dayco Belts Chevrolet), Sacramento, Calif. Points: 1026. Previous ranking: 11. Sellers encountered mechanical problems at Rocky Mountain Raceways. Just 59 laps into the 200-lap event, an oil leak put him out behind the wall and left him with a 17th-place finish. His visit to Roseburg last year, meanwhile, led to a 12th-place finish.
No. 12 - Jeff Davis (No. 1 Aramark Chevrolet), Anaheim, Calif. Points: 945. Previous ranking: 13. Davis picked up his best finish of the season, with a 14th-place finish at Rocky Mountain Raceways. It propelled him up one spot in the standings to 12th. Davis started 21st and finished 15th in last year' s visit to Roseburg.
No. 13 - Bobby Hillis (No. 27 Fierce Creature Racing Chevrolet), Phoenix, Ariz. Points: 954. Previous ranking: 12. Hillis suffered mechanical trouble at Rocky Mountain Raceways, completing only 13 laps before being sidelined with a blown engine. He heads to Roseburg, where he finished 16th in last year's event.
No. 14 - David Eshleman (No. 11 Cardenas Markets/Rush Truck Center Chevrolet), Fontana, Calif. Points: 893. Previous ranking: 14. An electrical problem left Eshleman sidelined just 35 laps into the race at Rocky Mountain Raceways. Despite the subsequent 18th-place finish, he remained 14th in the championship standings. He will get his first look at Douglas County Speedway when the series visits Roseburg, Ore., on Sept. 20.
No. 15 - Austin Cameron (No. 16 NAPA/NAPA Belts & Hose Chevrolet), El Cajon, Calif. Points: 703. Previous ranking: 16. Cameron won his second consecutive Bud Pole Award of the season at Rocky Mountain Raceways. Although he led the first 69 laps, he struggled with handling problems through much of the race. He eventually recovered to finish 10th. Cameron heads to Roseburg, where he fought back after an early spin to notch one of his five victories last year.
<pre> Fast Facts Top 15 this week: 1. Steve Portenga 1398 points 2. Scott Lynch 1385 (-13) 3. Mike Duncan 1351 (-47) 4. Scott Gaylord 1338 (-60) 5. Kevin Richards 1280 (-118) 6. Johnny Borneman 1253 (-145) 7. Mark Reed 1251 (-147) 8. Brett Thompson 1238 (-160) 9. Jim Inglebright 1227 (-171) 10. Gene Woods 1100 (-298) 11. Jack Sellers 1026 (-372) 12. Bobby Hillis 954 (-444) 13. Jeff Davis 945 (-453) 14. David Eshleman 893 (-505) 15. Austin Cameron 703 (-695)
Races at No. 1: Portenga, 6; Inglebright, 1; Schrader, 1.
New arrivals in the Top 15: Cameron.
Most races in the Top 15: Portenga, Lynch, Gaylord, Richards, Borneman, Thompson, Inglebright, Woods, Eshleman, 9.
Largest gain among the Top 15: No. 7 Reed, 2 positions.
Dropped out of the NASCAR Top 15: Mike David.