USAR: Top 15 seeds in championship breakdown

THE CHAMPIONSHIP BREAKDOWN Longs, SC - It's the time of year that Hooters Pro Cup Series fans live for: The Championship Series. Fifty-eight drivers have qualified for the final five-race shootout to determine the 2005 Hooters Pro Cup Series...

THE CHAMPIONSHIP BREAKDOWN

Longs, SC - It's the time of year that Hooters Pro Cup Series fans live for: The Championship Series.

Fifty-eight drivers have qualified for the final five-race shootout to determine the 2005 Hooters Pro Cup Series National Champion. Seedings are based upon drivers finishes in the final point standings in the Northern and Southern Divisions. Divisional winners from the North and South received a 25-point bonus going into the Championship Series opener, the BFGoodrich Tires 250, at Jennerstown Speedway on Sept. 24.

Drivers who attempted to qualify for all of their division's races were awarded a 10-point bonus, and drivers who finished inside the top 15 in their divisions will be eligible for two provisional starting spots during the Championship Series.

Below is a listing of the top-15 drivers from the Northern and Southern Divisions, a regular-season review and a Jennerstown preview.

No. 1 Seeds

1. Benny Gordon (No. 66n Predator Performance Ford)

Regular Season Division: North
Championship Series Points: 190
Regular Season Avg. Finish: 9.43
Last Five Races Avg. Finish: 7.0
Best Finish in 2005: 1st (South Boston, Jennerstown, Lake Erie, Motor Mile & Madison)

Regular Season Review
Benny Gordon's regular season mirrored his 2004 campaign. Gordon won five races and led the points for all but one race en route to his second divisional title in as many years.

Jennerstown Preview
Jennerstown is the track that put Benny Gordon on the map. Two years ago, Gordon picked up his first Pro Cup win at the Pennsylvania track and made a spirited charge toward the title. Although he had to settle for the Miller Lite Rookie of the Year title, Gordon's run caught the eye of his current car owner, Dennis Raybuck. Since joining Predator Performance, Gordon has won a series-high 12 races in the past two years.

Best Finish at Jennerstown: 1st (5/28/05 & 10/4/03)
Avg. Finish at Jennerstown: 7.0 (4 starts)

1. Shane Huffman (No. 81s Knight's Companies Ford)

Regular Season Division: South
Championship Series Points: 190
Regular Season Avg. Finish: 8.33
Last Five Races Avg. Finish: 7.2
Best Finish in 2005: 1st (USA Int'l 2x, SGMP, Peach State 2x, Myrtle Beach, Hickory)

Regular Season Review
Huffman joined Knight's Racing at the beginning of the season after XTRA Motorsports disbanded, but he never missed a beat. Actually, he stepped up the pace. Huffman, who won eight races during his championship season in 2003, won seven times during the regular season this year. With five more chances, Huffman has a chance to surpass his win total of 2003.

Jennerstown Preview
Huffman is usually good at Jennerstown, picking up two wins in five starts. In last year's Championship Series event, Huffman led 184 laps en route to victory. Expect him to be just as good this time around, but Gordon will be ready as well.

Best Finish at Jennerstown: 1st (9/25/04 & 9/29/01)
Avg. Finish at Jennerstown: 10.4 (5 starts)

No. 2 Seeds

2. Mardy Lindley (No. 16n Hooters Air Ford)

Regular Season Division: North
Championship Series Points: 150
Regular Season Avg. Finish: 4.75
Last Five Races Avg. Finish: 4.75
Best Finish in 2005: 2nd (South Boston & Salem)

Regular Season Review
Lindley failed to go to victory lane during the regular season, but his uncanny consistency gave him a shot at the regular-season title. Lindley completed every lap during the regular season and finished in the top 10 in every event. Lindley's 4.75-average finish was tops among Pro Cup drivers during the regular season.

Jennerstown Preview
Jennerstown is one of the Lindley's better tracks on the circuit. He's won twice at the flat, half-mile track, but his worst finish of the season, 10th, came in the fall race. He can win this race, but he'll need to have a near-perfect night to do so.

Best Finish at Jennerstown: 1st (4/13/02 & 10/5/02)
Avg. Finish at Jennerstown: 8.73 (11 starts)

2. Mark McFarland (No. 32s WINFUEL Chevrolet)

Regular Season Division: South
Championship Series Points: 150
Regular Season Avg. Finish: 8.47
Last Five Races Avg. Finish: 4.6
Best Finish in 2005: 1st (Southern National)

Regular Season Review
McFarland reeled off nine top-five finishes in row in the Southern Division. In doing so, the JR Motorsports driver went from 11th to second in points. Although he only won one race, McFarland picked up five poles and led 445 laps during the regular season.

Jennerstown Preview
Despite not making at start a Jennerstown, McFarland has some laps around the .522-mile track. In May, McFarland turned in a time of 18.767 seconds at 100.133 mph during practice for the Naturally Fresh 250. Though rain sent McFarland packing before the race, but his time in practice, which was a tenth of a second quicker than the track record, should give him confidence this weekend.

Best Finish at Jennerstown: Never Competed
Avg. Finish at Jennerstown: Never Competed

No. 3 Seeds

3. Clay Rogers (No. 44s Johnny's Suzuki/Baird Transport Ford)

Regular Season Division: South
Championship Series Points: 145
Regular Season Avg. Finish: 10.13
Last Five Races Avg. Finish: 9.6
Best Finish in 2005: 1st (Bristol Motor Speedway)

Regular Season Review
It's hard to say the Rogers' regular season was a disappointment. Yeah, he only won one regular-season race, but he led in 10 different races for series-high 790 laps. While the win total might not show it, Rogers was a factor at nearly every event.

Jennerstown Preview
Rogers doesn't have a lot of starts at Jennerstown, but he's made the most out of each one. Last season, Rogers finished third at J-Town and went on to win the overall title.

Best Finish at Jennerstown: 3rd (8/3/02 & 9/25/04)
Avg. Finish at Jennerstown: 7.2 (4 starts)

3. Woody Howard (No. 55n Dean Motorsports Chevrolet)

Regular Season Division: North
Championship Series Points: 145
Regular Season Avg. Finish: 8.33
Last Five Races Avg. Finish: 6.4
Best Finish in 2005: 1st (Kil-Kare, Salem & South Boston)

Regular Season Review
Surprise, surprise, surprise! Howard slid into the Pro Cup mix just weeks before the season started and under most everyone's radar. Despite being signed by Joe Gibbs Racing, Howard, a late-model ace, came into the season surrounded by question marks. He was aligned with a new team, going to new tracks and facing new competition. How would he do? Well, in the first five races, Howard averaged a mediocre 11.6 finish. Ever the quick learner, Howard went on a tear during the midseason, winning three out of four races and averaging a 5.5 finish over the final six races of the season on his way to Northern Division rookie honors.

Jennerstown Preview
In his only start at Jennerstown, Howard started eighth and finished eighth. But that was before his late-season surge.

Best Finish at Jennerstown: 8th
Avg. Finish at Jennerstown: 8 (1 start)

No. 4 Seeds

4. Bobby Gill (No. 06s USG Sheetrock Brand Ford)

Regular Season Division: South
Championship Series Points: 140
Regular Season Avg. Finish: 10.38
Last Five Races Avg. Finish: 12.4
Best Finish in 2005: 1st (Concord & USA Int'l)

Regular Season Review
Two wins usually doesn't besmirch a driver. But when you're Bobby Gill, it does. Gill only led 137 laps during the year, but when he had a chance to win, he did. Both of Gill's winning passes came after late-race restarts. Gill used a late-race pass of Clay Rogers to win at Concord and did the same thing to Joey Logano at USA Int'l. When all the chips are on the table, the 3-time Pro Cup champ can still take the pot.

Jennerstown Preview
Gill didn't test much during the regular season, but Lamb & Robinson Motorsports was going to test at all the Championship Series tracks, including Jennerstown. Gill's average finish of 4.4 at Jennerstown is tops among Pro Cup drivers. He'll be near the front again this week.

Best Finish at Jennerstown: 1st (8/3/02)
Avg. Finish at Jennerstown: 4.4 (5 starts)

4. Gary St. Amant (No. 11n JEGS.com Chevrolet)

Regular Season Division: North
Championship Series Points: 140
Regular Season Avg. Finish: 7.0
Last Five Races Avg. Finish: 7.2
Best Finish in 2005: 2nd (Jennerstown & Lake Erie)

Regular Season Review
St. Amant didn't have the regular season he was looking for. He was quick on several occasions, but the short-track legend could only muster a pair of second-place finishes during the regular season. Was this planned? After last season, St. Amant said with the way the Championship Series is set up that he may use some experimental setups and strategies during the regular season to gain knowledge for the final five races.

Jennerstown Preview
St. Amant usually does pretty well at J-Town, posting two top-five finishes in three starts. He'll need to keep it up this time around to keep pace with the pack.

Best Finish at Jennerstown: 2nd (5/28/05)
Avg. Finish at Jennerstown: 5.3 (3 starts)

No. 5 Seeds

5. Jody Lavender (No. 84s Heritage Bank Ford)

Regular Season Division: South
Championship Series Points: 135
Regular Season Avg. Finish: 12.43
Last Five Races Avg. Finish: 6.2
Best Finish in 2005: 1st (Ace Speedway)

Regular Season Review
If not for Woody Howard, Lavender would have been the biggest surprise of the year. And just like Howard, Lavender's season started to come together near the halfway mark. After averaging a 19th-place finish over the first five races, Lavender averaged a 5.8 finish over the remainder of the season, including his first win at Ace Speedway. During that time, Lavender went from 18th to fifth in points.

Jennerstown Preview
Lavender's lone start at Jennerstown resulted in a 31st-place finish. But that was last year and light years away from the way the former Craftsman Truck Series driver is performing now.

Best Finish at Jennerstown: 31st (9/25/04)
Avg. Finish at Jennerstown: 31.0 (1 start)

5. Jeff Agnew (No. 73n NGA Hooters Golf Tour Pontiac)

Regular Season Division: North
Championship Series Points: 135
Regular Season Avg. Finish: 10.23
Last Five Races Avg. Finish: 9.0
Best Finish in 2005: 1st (IRP & Illiana)

Regular Season Review
Week in and week out, Agnew had a car capable of running at the front in the Northern Division. Unfortunately for Agnew, many of those weeks ended in disappointment. On five occasions, Agnew finished 17th or worse. However, he made a late-season charge, finishing first, second and second in the last three races. If he keeps it together, Agnew can win any race in the Championship Series.

Jennerstown Preview
Agnew is one of four drivers to have multiple wins at Jennerstown pre-entered for this race. If he avoids problems, Agnew could leave Jennerstown as the only driver to win three races at the Pennsylvania track.

Best Finish at Jennerstown: 1st (6/8/02 & 7/14/01)
Avg. Finish at Jennerstown: 6.5 (12 starts)

No. 6 Seeds

6. Jay Fogleman (No. 4s Lucas Oil Ford)

Regular Season Division: South
Championship Series Points: 130
Regular Season Avg. Finish: 9.0
Last Five Races Avg. Finish: 12.6
Best Finish in 2005: 2nd (Ace Speedway)

Regular Season Review
If Fogleman knew at the time that his best chance to win all season was at Ace Speedway, he may have forced the issue with Lavender. A midseason move to Ricky Benton Racing didn't improve Fogleman's performance at all. Once he returned to his own team, Fogleman knocked out two top-five finishes in the final four races.

Jennerstown Preview
Fogleman could be a darkhorse in the Championship Series. He's got all the tools to run fast and win races, putting them together for five races could be the only hindrance in his hopes.

Best Finish at Jennerstown: 2nd (10/5/02)
Avg. Finish at Jennerstown: 10.42 (9 starts)

6. A.J. Frank (No. 45n Johnny's Suzuki/Baird Transport Ford)

Regular Season Division: North
Championship Series Points: 130
Regular Season Avg. Finish: 11.85
Last Five Races Avg. Finish: 17.2
Best Finish in 2005: 2nd (Kil-Kare)

Regular Season Review
After the third race of the season, A.J. Frank was not only leading the rookie standings, but he was atop the overall standings. Though he lost first place in points to Benny Gordon at Jennerstown in the fourth race of the regular season, Frank held down second place through seven races. But over the last five races of the regular season, Frank averaged a 17.2 finish and fell to sixth in points.

Jennerstown Preview
Frank believes his team is much better than the way they finished the season, and Jennerstown could be the place he proves it. It's not out of the question. Two years ago, an under-the-gun rookie came to Jennerstown in an East Coast Motorsports ride and won the race.

Best Finish at Jennerstown: 9th (5/28/05)
Avg. Finish at Jennerstown: 9.0 (1 start)

No. 7 Seeds

7. Matt Carter (No. 03s LCT/Atlantic Tools Ford)

Regular Season Division: South
Championship Series Points: 126
Regular Season Avg. Finish: 10.62
Last Five Races Avg. Finish: 12.0
Best Finish in 2005: 4th (USA Int'l & Greenville)

Regular Season Review
Carter's regular season was about the same as his rookie season. He finished races and didn't tear up many cars, but he didn't get his first Pro Cup win. Carter has showed flashes of blazing speed at times, but his best finishes were a pair of fourths.

Jennerstown Preview
Carter made a decent debut at Jennerstown last season, qualifying sixth and finishing eighth. He's inching ever closer to breaking into victory lane, and J-Town is as good a place as any to break into the win column.

Best Finish at Jennerstown: 8th
Avg. Finish at Jennerstown: 8.0 (1 start)

7. Johnny Rumley (No. 8n Lucas Oil Chevrolet)

Regular Season Division: North
Championship Series Points: 126
Regular Season Avg. Finish: 13.25
Last Five Races Avg. Finish: 15.4
Best Finish in 2005: 4th (Lonesome Pine)

Regular Season Review
Rumley just never seemed to get his car dialed in during the regular season. After winning eight poles in 2004, Rumley managed just one this season and posted just three top-five finishes. Rumley did finish the season with three top-10's in a row, giving the team some momentum heading into the Championship Series.

Jennerstown Preview
Jennerstown is a special place for Rumley. Last season, Rumley picked up his first Pro Cup win at the track. Since then, however, Rumley hasn't returned to victory lane. Another J-Town win would put him in the thick of the chase for the championship.

Best Finish at Jennerstown: 1st (5/29/04)
Avg. Finish at Jennerstown: 8.33 (3 starts)

No. 8 Seeds

8. Toby Porter (No. 13s Titan Industrial Ford)

Regular Season Division: South
Championship Series Points: 122
Regular Season Avg. Finish: 13.36
Last Five Races Avg. Finish: 19.4
Best Finish in 2005: 2nd (USA Int'l)

Regular Season Review
Porter came out of the gates like a thoroughbred, but he stumbled at the finish. After averaging a 7.7 finish in the first seven races, Porter posted an average finish of 19th-place over the remainder of the season. Porter's best finish in the last five races was 14th.

Jennerstown Preview
This will be Porter's first start at Jennerstown in Pro Cup. Like McFarland, Porter was another of the Southern Division drivers to make the trip Jennerstown for an out-of-division start and went home after qualifying was rained out. Porter was eighth on the practice charts for the May event.

Best Finish at Jennerstown: Never Competed at Track
Avg. Finish at Jennerstown: Never Competed at Track

8. Mart Nesbitt (No. 88n ConstructionJobs.com Ford)

Regular Season Division: North
Championship Series Points: 122
Regular Season Avg. Finish: 15.56
Last Five Races Avg. Finish: 11.8
Best Finish in 2005: 4th (Kil-Kare)

Regular Season Review
Nesbitt retooled his team and headed to the Northern Division this season. As a perennial top-10 car in the Southern Division, many thought Nesbitt would be a force in the Northern Division, but that wasn't the case, at least at the start of the season. Nesbitt struggled through his first seven races, averaging a 19.2 finish and falling to 14th in points. But over the final five races, Nesbitt knocked out three top-10 finishes.

Jennerstown Preview
In 2003, Nesbitt was all over Benny Gordon as the two crossed under the checkered flag at Jennerstown, falling .594 seconds shy of taking the win. Nesbitt went on to finish fifth in the overall standings in 2003. Another second-place finish may push Nesbitt into contender status.

Best Finish at Jennerstown: 2nd (10/4/03)
Avg. Finish at Jennerstown: 16.16 (6 starts)

No. 9 Seeds

9. Billy Bigley Jr. (No. 25 Peerless Woodworking Ford)

Regular Season Division: South
Championship Series Points: 118
Regular Season Avg. Finish: 11.85
Last Five Races Avg. Finish: 10.8
Best Finish in 2005: 4th (Bristol Motor Speedway)

Regular Season Review
It's a running joke that Billy Bigley Jr.'s name should be on the Hard Charger Award. Contrary to perception, Bigley only picked up one Mr. Gasket Hard Charger Award during the season. And in the final six races, Bigley averaged a 12.6-starting spot. Unfortunately for Bigley, the speed in qualifying didn't translate into better finishes. Bigley posted just two top-five finishes and four top-10 finishes in the regular season.

Jennerstown Preview
Bigley's only race at Jennerstown resulted in a 10th-place finish. And that's about where he finishes in every race, regardless of seat time.

Best Finish at Jennerstown: 10th (9/25/04)
Avg. Finish at Jennerstown: 10.0 (1 start)

9. Joe Gaita (No. 46 SPEEDCO Truck Lubes Ford)

Regular Season Division: North
Championship Series Points: 118
Regular Season Avg. Finish: 14.75
Last Five Races Avg. Finish: 13.2
Best Finish in 2005: 3rd (Salem)

Regular Season Review
Gaita's regular season was hit-and-miss. He finished 12th or better on seven occasions, but he finished 21st or worse four times.

Jennerstown Preview
Gaita has been so-so at Jennerstown. His best finish of seventh came with Lamb & Robinson Motorsports in 2002. Earlier this year, he finished 11th. If he can eliminate the bad nights during the Championship Series, Gaita and Odle Motorsports could make some noise in the final five.

Best Finish at Jennerstown: 7th (10/5/02)
Avg. Finish at Jennerstown: 14.75 (4 races)

No. 10 Seeds

10. Shane Wallace (No. 38s Shane Wallace Motorsports Ford)

Regular Season Division: South
Championship Series Points: 104
Regular Season Avg. Finish: 11.58
Last Five Races Avg. Finish: 14.2
Best Finish in 2005: 3rd (Hickory)

Regular Season Review
During the regular season, Wallace proved to everyone that he can be fast, leading five times for 137 laps. But he wasn't able to parlay that speed into a win. Wallace's best finish of third came at Hickory.

Jennerstown Preview
Wallace has the talent and speed to shake things up in the Championship Series, but he'll need to keep his nose clean to do so. The 20-year-old driver has limited experience at Jennerstown, making just one start, but he's showed the ability to adapt to new surroundings.

Best Finish at Jennerstown: 16th (10/5/02)
Avg. Finish at Jennerstown: 16.0 (1 start)

10. Tim Bainey Jr. (No. 15n Greased Lightning Ford)

Regular Season Division: North
Championship Series Points: 114
Regular Season Avg. Finish: 12.67
Last Five Races Avg. Finish: 13.2
Best Finish in 2005: 7th (Jennerstown)

Regular Season Review
Bainey Jr. returned full-time to Hooters Pro Cup this season with one goal: Finish in the top 10 in points. Mission accomplished. Bainey Jr. finished 10th in the final standings in the Northern Division. Though he posted just three top-10 finishes, Bainey was running at the end of all but one event during the regular season.

Jennerstown Preview
Bainey Jr. should come into Jennerstown with high hopes. His best finish of the season came at the track back in May. In addition, Bainey Jr. competes in the Late Model Stock Division at the J-Town on his off weekends.

Best Finish at Jennerstown: 7th (5/28/05)
Avg. Finish at Jennerstown: 21.2 (5 starts)

No. 11 Seeds

11. Michael Faulk (No. 53s LIFTOFF Ford)

Regular Season Division: South
Championship Series Points: 111
Regular Season Avg. Finish: 14.92
Last Five Races Avg. Finish: 13.4
Best Finish in 2005: 3rd (USA Int'l)

Regular Season Review
When the Southern Division rookie class began to take shape, most people wouldn't have picked Michael Faulk as the favorite. Well, most people were wrong. After starting the season with a DNF, Faulk finished the season with seven top-10 finishes and four Miller Lite Rookie of the Race Awards en route to the Southern Division Rookie of the Year title.

Jennerstown Preview
Faulk has yet to compete at Jennerstown, but he's coming off a career-best finish of third at USA Int'l. He'll be ready, and fast.

Best Finish at Jennerstown: Never Competed at Track
Avg. Finish at Jennerstown: Never Competed at Track

11. Shelby Howard (No. 20n Tony Stewart's Smoke Bar-B-Que Pontiac)

Regular Season Division: North
Championship Series Points: 101
Regular Season Avg. Finish: 16.64
Last Five Races Avg. Finish: 18.4
Best Finish in 2005: 6th (Lake Erie)

Regular Season Review
Howard started a team from scratch after the first race of the season. Tall task, but Howard managed well. He ended the season with a division-high three poles and led 277 laps. However, in the time it took to build the new team, Howard missed one event and didn't receive the 10-bonus points for competing in all the regular-season events.

Jennerstown Preview
There were three sides to Shelby Howard this season. He was fast at times. He was over-aggressive at times. He was mediocre at times. His first Jennerstown start was the latter. However, despite his schizophrenic results, Howard is another driver that could win any time during the Championship Series.

Best Finish at Jennerstown: 20th (5/28/05)
Avg. Finish at Jennerstown: 20.0 (1 start)

No. 12 Seeds

12. Chase Pistone (No. 40s Metrolina Expo Center Ford)

Regular Season Division: South
Championship Series Points: 108
Regular Season Avg. Finish: 15.46
Last Five Races Avg. Finish: 20.4
Best Finish in 2005: 5th (Ace)

Regular Season Review
Pistone announced his presence with authority at the beginning of the season, winning the pole in his first Pro Cup start. While the rest of the season wasn't a disappointment, there weren't too many more proclamations. Pistone nabbed just one top-five finish in 13 starts. Pistone held the rookie point lead until the last race of the season, but his 28th-place finish in the season finale dropped him to second in the rookie race. His DNF at the season finale was his third finish of 26th or worse in the final five races.

Jennerstown Preview
The great thing about the Championship Series is that everyone has a chance. Pistone may have stumbled down the stretch, but a few good runs puts him in the thick of the rookie race again.

Best Finish at Jennerstown: Never Competed at Track
Avg. Finish at Jennerstown: Never Competed at Track

12. Sam Fullone (No. 48n Pero Vegetables Chevrolet)

Regular Season Division: North
Championship Series Points: 108
Regular Season Avg. Finish: 19.25
Last Five Races Avg. Finish: 15.2
Best Finish in 2005: 9th (Madison)

Regular Season Review
Fullone's didn't suffer through the "Sophomore Slump" this season, just a slight slouch. Fullone had many races where he ran solidly in the top 10 only to have mechanical failures. On the bright side, Fullone's best run came in the Northern Division season finale.

Jennerstown Preview
While only in his second full-time season, Fullone has plenty of starts at Jennerstown, making several one-off starts in recent years. His best finish came at Jennerstown three years ago when he finished ninth.

Best Finish at Jennerstown: 9th (6/8/02)
Avg. Finish at Jennerstown: 17.3 (6 starts)

No. 13 Seeds

13. Michael Ritch (No. 28s Jackaroo Sauces Ford)

Regular Season Division: South
Championship Series Points: 105
Regular Season Avg. Finish: 19.33
Last Five Races Avg. Finish: 21.2
Best Finish in 2005: 3rd (Peach State)

Regular Season Review
Ritch's point position doesn't tell you how fast he was this season. Ritch led nine different times this season for 216 laps. Unfortunately for Ritch, he posted a series-high nine DNFs. Ritch is on the cusp of breaking out in a big way, as long as he doesn't just break.

Jennerstown Preview
Ritch swapped seats with Michelle Theriault at Jennerstown earlier this year and rambled to a fourth-place finish. It was his best result in four starts at the track.

Best Finish at Jennerstown: 4th (5/28/05)
Avg. Finish at Jennerstown: 11.25 (4 starts)

13. Joel Kauffman (No. 44n Super Cuts Pontiac)

Regular Season Division: North
Championship Series Points: 95
Regular Season Avg. Finish: 14.00
Last Five Races Avg. Finish: 11.2
Best Finish in 2005: 1st (Lonesome Pine)

Regular Season Review
Kauffman finally showed what he's capable of this year. He won at Lonesome Pine and had a dominant car at South Boston. His Pro Cup effort has been sidetracked of late with his promotion to the No. 12 Super Cuts Dodge in the Busch Series.

Jennerstown Preview
Kauffman had intentions to compete in all but one Championship Series event. With FitzBradshaw Racing wanting to accelerate Kauffman's progress in the Busch Series, he may miss several events. But when he shows up, expect him to be fast.

Best Finish at Jennerstown: 8th (4/12/03)
Avg. Finish at Jennerstown: 20.98 (5 starts)

No. 14 Seeds

14. Wayne Willard (No. 01s Bowen Family Homes Chevrolet)

Regular Season Division: South
Championship Series Points: 102
Regular Season Avg. Finish: 16.13
Last Five Races Avg. Finish: 15.0
Best Finish in 2005: 6th (USA Int'l)

Regular Season Review
Willard showed some brilliance at times this season, running fast and up front. But often, Willard was plagued by mechanical and maneuvering problems. After posting four top-10 finishes, Willard finished the season with at DNF at USA Int'l.

Jennerstown Preview
Willard's team is a question mark for the Championship Series.

Best Finish at Jennerstown: Never Competed at Track
Avg. Finish at Jennerstown: Never Competed at Track

14. Jason Mignogna (No. 07n Jugular Energy Drink Chevrolet)

Regular Season Division: North
Championship Series Points: 102
Regular Season Avg. Finish: 17.91
Last Five Races Avg. Finish: 17.2
Best Finish in 2005: 12th (Madison & Lake Erie)

Regular Season Review
With limited seat time in Pro Cup cars, Mignogna wasn't expected to set the world on fire in the regular season. But he did manage to set off a couple of sparks at times, posting five top-15 finishes.

Jennerstown Preview
If there's one track that Mignogna should do well at, it's Jennerstown. While he's made just one Pro Cup start at the track, Mignogna has plenty of laps in Late Models at the .522-mile track.

Best Finish at Jennerstown: 16th (5/28/05)
Avg. Finish at Jennerstown: 16.0 (1 start)

No. 15 Seeds

15. Jason Sarvis (No. 16s Naturally Fresh Ford)

Regular Season Division: South
Championship Series Points: 100
Regular Season Avg. Finish: 15.57
Last Five Races Avg. Finish: 11.4
Best Finish in 2005: 5th (Bristol)

Regular Season Review
Sarvis' full-time return to Pro Cup wasn't quite as good as the 2002 champion had hoped. After finishing ninth in the season opener, Sarvis averaged a 19th-place finish over the next eight races. However, the Haskell Willingham-led team rebounded with an 11.4-average finish in the final five races, including a top-five finish at Bristol.

Jennerstown Preview
In 2002, Sarvis finished 32nd at Jennerstown and went on to win the overall title. Sarvis won't have that luxury this season. In 2002, Sarvis came in as the second seed. He needs a top-10 to keep his championship hopes alive.

Best Finish at Jennerstown: 3rd (7/14/01)
Avg. Finish at Jennerstown: 24.25 (4 starts)

15. Joe Harrison Jr. (No. 57 Harrison's Automotive Chevrolet)

Regular Season Division: North
Championship Series Points: 100 Regular Season Avg. Finish: 18.10 Last Five Races Avg. Finish: 17.2 Best Finish in 2005: 11th (South Boston)

Regular Season Review
If you look up persistence in the dictionary, Joe Harrison's picture should be there. He never led a lap or qualified on time inside the top 20 during the regular season, but he chugged along to six finishes of 17th or better en route to the 15th seed in the Championship Series. Well done, Joe.

Jennerstown Preview
With a stacked field at Jennerstown, Harrison will face an uphill battle to qualify on time for the event. Harrison's regular-season persistence may pay off in the Championship Series, however. Harrison does have the opportunity to use two provisionals during the Championship Series, but only if the rest of the top 15 qualify on time.

Best Finish at Jennerstown: 13th (5/29/04)
Avg. Finish at Jennerstown: 19.33 (3 starts)

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Series Stock car
Drivers Tony Stewart , Clay Rogers , Billy Bigley , Shelby Howard , Jody Lavender , Mark McFarland , Joel Kauffman , Michael Faulk , Shane Huffman , Joey Logano , Michelle Theriault , A.J. Frank , Tim Bainey Jr. , Johnny R , Jeff Agnew
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing , JR Motorsports