WEST COASTER AUGGIE VIDOVICH DOWN TO SIXTH IN ROUSH GONG SHOW LAKESIDE, Calif. (22 August 2005) -- Returning back to California days ago after two intense weeks of NASCAR Craftsman Truck testing at this year's Roush Racing Gong Show, Auggie ...
WEST COASTER AUGGIE VIDOVICH DOWN TO SIXTH IN ROUSH GONG SHOW
LAKESIDE, Calif. (22 August 2005) -- Returning back to California days ago after two intense weeks of NASCAR Craftsman Truck testing at this year's Roush Racing Gong Show, Auggie Vidovich II took the time to reflect on his experiences from the past three weeks down south. Not only was Vidovich the only driver selected from California, he also made it down to one of six finalists for the chance at a fully-sponsored Roush Racing NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series ride in 2006, before being cut.
"The experience, I will never forget and I thank Jack Roush and his panel of judges for considering me out of the 1700 possible submitted resumes," said Vidovich from his Lakeside, CA race shop. "The whole experience, including making it down to the final six, was an opportunity of a lifetime and it reconfirmed to many that I was able to once again handle a Craftsman Truck (heavy car) and with positive results," quoted the 2003 NASCAR Elite Division, Southwest Series champion. Vidovich had no trouble immediately hopping into the test trucks, communicating their handling and turning the wheel around the tracks at Martinsville and Darlington. "It must have been a very intense process to select the final winner, as I feel we all could handle the job if selected to drive a truck for any team today," said the twenty-four-year-old.
Current Roush Racing team drivers assisted Jack Roush in the predetermined on and off the track tests and media scenarios as the whole experience was being filmed for the upcoming Discovery Channel show, "Driver X: The Race For The Ride", a highly anticipated 13-week series debuting on October 31 running until February 2006. The filming took place at Martinsville Speedway and at Darlington Raceway for the final judging of on track performance. "I feel that I did very well in the whole process and the phone hasn't stopped ringing since I got back," stated Vidovich. Vidovich debuted a Craftsman Truck back in October 1998 (Mesa Marin, Bakersfield, CA) and he also ran again in June 1999 (Portland International Raceway, Portland, OR) and April 1999 (Mesa Marin, Bakersfield, CA) including a Winston West race October 2001 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Las Vegas, NV).
Vidovich returns back to the Southwest Series in the No.11 Centrifugal Technologies, Ultra Custom Boats, Ransom Brothers True Value Lumber Chevrolet -- third in points -- in his quest for a second Southwest Series championship. Vidovich continues to maintain the lead in Southwest Series laps lead at 369. The Southwest Series heads to Shasta Raceway Park (Anderson, CA) September 10 for Round 12 after a 16-year absence for the series on the 3/8-mile paved oval at the Shasta Fairgrounds.