The following is a glance at the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series Top 10 in the series championship standings heading into the Star Nursery.COM "150" presented by AutoZone at Tucson Raceway Park this Sunday, October 24. The race in Tucson, Ariz. will be race thirteen of 14 on the NASCAR AutoZone Southwest Series schedule:
- No. 1 - Jim Pettit II (No. 03 California Hot Wood Ford), Jim Pettit Racing. Last week's ranking: 1st. Pettit extended his point lead with a sixth place finish at Mesa Marin last weekend. Pettit finished eighth at TRP last season and has two career top five finishes at the 3/8-mile oval.
Pettit has three wins this season and is looking for win number four and first at TRP.
- No. 2 - Craig Raudman (No. 2 HPS/Victory Circle Chevrolet), Victory Circle Racing. Last week's ranking: 2nd. Raudman suffered a disappointing 14th place finish at MMR last weekend after a late race incident. Raudman leads all drivers with 30 career Bud Pole Awards and four this season.
Raudman finished 19th at TRP last season. Raudman has four top five finishes at TRP since 1995.
- No. 3 - Burney Lamar (No. 1 Groeniger Chevrolet), Victory Circle Racing. Last week's ranking: 3rd. Lamar suffered blown oil line while leading the most laps at Mesa Marin last weekend resulting in a 24th place finish. Lamar finished 7th at TRP last season and is looking for his first top five at TRP in three attempts. Lamar has three Bud Pole Awards this season and nine career fast time awards.
- No. 4 - Eddy McKean (No. 19 Magic Valley Pipe & Steel Pontiac), McKean Racing. Last week's ranking: 5th. McKean moved up one spot in the standings after a second place performance at Mesa Marin last weekend. The finish was McKean's third straight top three finishes in a row. McKean is the defending race winner at TRP and has finished no worse that third in his previous start at Tucson Raceway Park.
- No. 5 - Eric Holmes (No. 62 KENKO Chevrolet), Beebe Racing. Last week's ranking: 4th. Holmes falls on spot in the standings after a 26th place finish last weekend at Mesa Marin. Holmes has never scored a top five finish at Tucson Raceway Park but has two wins and four top five finishes this season. Holmes finished 11th at TRP last season.
- No. 6 - Joe Herold (No. 5 Quality Chevrolet), Herold Racing. Last week's ranking: 6th. Herold continues to have his best season in the series but struggled at Mesa Marin last week finishing 19th. Herold finished 14th at TRP last season and is ready to position himself for an invite to the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown in November with another solid performance this weekend.
- No. 7 - Todd Souza (No. 6 Money by Design Chevrolet), Penney Racing.
Last week's ranking: 9th. Souza moved up to positions in the NASCAR Top 10 with a strong 8th place finish at MMR last weekend. The finish was Souza's third top ten finish of the season and moved him closer to clinching an invite to the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown. Souza did not compete at TRP last season.
- No. 8- Greg Voigt (No. 9 Auto Pro Racing Engines Chevrolet), Voigt Racing. Last week's ranking: 7th. Voigt slipped one spot after a 23rd place finish at Mesa Marin last weekend. Voigt has one top five and three top ten finishes this season in 12 starts. He has also completed 1148 of 1513 laps contested thus far. Voigt did not compete at TRP last season.
- No. 9 - Rip Michels (No. 12 Stock Building Supply Chevrolet), Michels Racing. Last week's ranking: 10th. Michels continues to lead the Autometer Rookie-of-the-Year standings after twelve races with a solid 7th place performance at MMR October 16. Michels will visit TRP for the first time this weekend and is squarely focused on another top ten run. Michels only needs to start the next two events to clinch the rookie title.
- No. 10 - Doug McCoun (No. 16 Camacho's Cantina Chevrolet), CBA Motorsports. Last week's ranking: 8th. McCoun falls to 10th in the standings after his second straight DNF. McCoun finished a disappointing 30th at MMR last weekend. McCoun finished 15th at TRP last year and needs a great performance this weekend to keep him the NASCAR Top 10. McCoun has two top five finishes at TRP with his last top five run back in 1995.
Charting the Champs: 2003 series champion Auggie Vidovich has returned to the series this sporting new colors taking over the driving duties of the Centrifugal Technologies Chevrolet. Vidovich finished fourth at PIR October 3 in the Rich Fountain owned machine but suffered a late race accident at MMR that could sideline the team this weekend. 2001 series champion Craig Raudman maintains second in the standings but lost ground to Pettit after a 14th place finish at MMR. Raudman collected several top five runs at TRP back when the Winter Heat Series ran. 2002 series champion Eddy McKean moved up to fourth in the standings and is looking for his fourth straight podium finish.
NASCAR Top 10 this week: 1. Jim Pettit II, 1876; 2. Craig Raudman, 1837; 3. Burney Lamar, 1695; 4. Eddy McKean, 1666; 5. Eric Holmes, 1600; 6. Joe Herold, 1491; 7. Todd Souza, 1474; 8. Greg Voigt, 1467; 9. Rip Michels, 1463; 10. Doug McCoun, 1441.
Races at No. 1: Craig Raudman (5), Jim Pettit II (6), Eddy McKean (1).
New arrivals in the NASCAR Top 10 this week: None
Most weeks in the NASCAR Top 10: Five drivers tied at 12 races
Biggest mover among the Top 10: Todd Souza (9th to 7th)
Dropped out of the NASCAR Top 10 this week: None
Past Champions (Point Standing): Auggie Vidovich (23rd), Craig Raudman (2nd), Eddy McKean (4th).