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Source — Doug Leary
Date Posted — October 05, 2004
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Tucson-The Bud Five Star Series concludes this Saturday Night at Tucson Raceway Park as Budweiser presents the Bud Shoot Out, that will feature the NASCAR Super Late Models, NASCAR Late Models, Grand American Modifieds and Mighty Compacts. The NASCAR Super Late Models enter the last week of racing with a four point difference between Ron Norman (leader) and Chuck Wares (defending Champ). Wares has posted the most Main Event Wins (11), compared to Norman (2). However, Norman has been consistent with 16 top five finishes compared to Wares' 15. Norman has also won six Bud Pole Awards to Chuck's four and has a two to one Trophy Dash win advantage over Wares. The Super Late Model drivers that have qualified for the Bud Shoot Out include Norman, Wares, Joe Paladenic, Buddy Nelson, John Sweeney and Dusty Fielden. The Bud Shoot Out field includes all Super Late Model Main Event winners in 2004 and will be rounded out by qualifiers in the Bud Open this Saturday. The NASCAR Late Models return for their final tour of the season that saw a heavy emphasis on the Rookie Drivers posting 10 wins in the divisions 17 races going into this weekend. The top Rookie is Dustin Jones who holds a 38 point lead over his closest competitor and has the most wins in the division with 5. Running second to Jones is Kelly Germain, who made the jump from the Factory Stock division where she was the 2003 Champion. Germain has two Main Event wins to her credit and has 15 top five finishes in the 17 race schedule. Fourth in points is another Rookie Brice Bonnett a 16 year old still in High School, who has really come into his own late in the season posting wins in two of the last four NASCAR Late Model Main Events. The other Rookie with a Main Event win this season was Jesse Nekula, who posted his victory on June 5th. NASCAR Grand American Modifieds have Billy Johanneck in front going into the last race of 2004 holding a 4 point advantage over Larry Kayton. These two competitors have been back forth all season with Kayton leading in points up until the last two weeks. Johanneck riding the crest of a five race winning streak has passed Kayton and looks to maintain his lead. NASCAR Factory Stocks crowned a New Champion last Saturday with Rod Jurado claiming top honors for the first time out dueling track veteran Greg Jayko by 12 points. Jurado posted the most wins (5) in the division, one more than Jayko. The highlight of his season was a four race winning streak (6/26 to 7/24). NASCAR Mighty Compacts enter their last weekend with Mike Vaughan (1080) in the driver's seat on his way to his first Division Championship. Wade Simmons (-56) is in second place, while Russell Bratka (-129) will see his two year reign as division Champion come to an end. Racing Information for Week 29 has Pit Gates Open at 3:00 pm, Practice: 4:30pm, Spectator Gates Open at 5:00 pm, Qualifying at 6:15 pm and the Main Event Action is set to start at 7:00 pm. For More Info call 762-9200. Driver Standings:(Top 5 each division) NASCAR SUPER LATE MODEL NASCAR LATE MODEL 1) Ron Norman - 1096 points 1) Dustin Jones - 992 points 2) Chuck Wares - 1092 2) Kelly Germain - 954 3) Dusty Fielden - 966 3) Tim Blodgett - 900 4) John Sweeney - 910 4) Brice Bonnett - 888 5) Joe Paladenic - 908 5) Brad Moyer - 884 GRAND AMERICAN MODIFIEDS MIGHTY COMPACTS 1) Billy Johanneck - 1152 1) Mike Vaughan - 1080 2) Larry Kayton - 1148 2) Wade Simmons - 1024 3) Pat Bush - 1020 3) Russell Bratka - 951 4) PJ Megna - 922 4) Jim Bates - 789 5) Bill Slocum - 902 5) Shane Centers - 728 FACTORY STOCKS-Final HORNETS-Final 1) Rod Jurado - 1044 1) John Callans - 290 2) Greg Jayko - 1032 2) Karl Griggs - 278 3) Alan Levin - 1026 3) Robert Davis - 264 4) Fred Stephens - 998 4) Richard Jisko - 216 5) Mike Shipyor - 970 5) Alan Hardesty- 202####

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Article posted by staff on October 05, 2004.