SWS: Shasta: Auggie Vidovich preview

VIDOVICH LOOKING FOR SHASTA SW REPEAT LAKESIDE, California (10 May 2006) -- Auggie Vidovich II of Lakeside, Calif. returns to Shasta Raceway Park (Anderson, CA) May 13 looking for a repeat win after winning last year's event on the fast but ...

VIDOVICH LOOKING FOR SHASTA SW REPEAT

LAKESIDE, California (10 May 2006) -- Auggie Vidovich II of Lakeside, Calif. returns to Shasta Raceway Park (Anderson, CA) May 13 looking for a repeat win after winning last year's event on the fast but quaint 3/8-mile oval. Vidovich enjoyed last year's stop at the small-town track located at the Shasta Fairgrounds saying it reminded him of his hometown track, Cajon Speedway in El Cajon, Calif., also a 3/8-mile which closed down in 2005.

Vidovich will be eyeing another win this weekend with crew chief Mike Harvick, which would be his first for the year after winning a season best of four events in 2005 including win number four at Shasta last September -- leading the final 40 laps for the win. Only two other drivers have won back-to-back wins at Shasta over the years in the Southwest Series competition -- Ron Esau (86, 87) and Mike Chase (86, 87). Vidovich will be aspiring to add his name along side Esau, 1986 Inaugural Southwest Series Champion also from Vidovich's Lakeside, Calif. hometown.

Over 30 drivers from California, Colorado, Idaho, Washington, Arizona, Oregon and North Carolina will attempt to secure one of 24 possible starting positions for the NARI Records 125 presented by BECCA race when the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series headlines for the Saturday evening event at SRP, since the popular series returned to the track in 2005 after a 16-year hiatus. The race is set to be one of the biggest events of the year for SRP, as the top drivers in both the Northwest and Southwest NASCAR AutoZone Elite Divisions will be on hand making it an exciting race for the fans and an interesting race for all competitors on the small oval.

Vidovich, 2005 NASCAR Toyota All Star Showdown winner, currently sits ninth in Southwest Series points only 42 points out of first after one race and is confident he can still be a factor for the 2006 championship -- the final year of competition announced recently by NASCAR for the popular series.

Vidovich, one of six finalists in the 2005-2006 Discovery Channel Roush Racing "Driver X: The Race for the Ride", is dividing his race schedule between the Southwest and Grand National West Series' this year. Plans for the 2003 NASCAR Elite Division, Southwest Series Champion have him scheduled to drive the No.57 Den Beste Transportation Ford in three West Series races in 2006 -- Phoenix, Infineon and Fontana -- to get the twenty-five-year-old racer ready for the competitive Busch Series in 2007.

Samantha Palumbo's photo returns on the hood of the Vidovich No.11 Centrifugal Technologies, Ransom Brothers True Value Lumber Chevrolet owned by Rich and Kathie Fountain. Vidovich and the team continue to support Samantha's daily challenges since the beautiful teenager and former Miss California Junior National Teen from San Dimas, Calif. was involved in a near-fatal accident April 8, 2005. "Our team will continue to support the Sam and Diana Palumbo family in spreading the word about Samantha's story," said twenty-five-year-old Vidovich. Samantha has done so much for others like starting her own charitable project "To Mom, With Love" where she collected and donated gift items and supplies to be given to children staying in local women's shelters so the children can make their own special presents for their moms. More information about Samantha Palumbo can be found on her website, www.pray4samantha.com.

-www.vidovichracing.com

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