Vidovich Dominates Again for Second Straight Win STOCKTON, CALIF. (April 30, 2005) Auggie Vidovich from Lakeside, Calif. dominated the action for the second race in a row to claim his second victory of the season in NASCAR AutoZone Elite ...
Vidovich Dominates Again for Second Straight Win
STOCKTON, CALIF. (April 30, 2005) Auggie Vidovich from Lakeside, Calif. dominated the action for the second race in a row to claim his second victory of the season in NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series competition Saturday night at the historic Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway. Vidovich maneuvered lap traffic over the final 40 laps of the event en route to a 3.498 second margin of victory over series veteran M.K. Kanke. Two-time and defending Northwest Series champion Jeff Jefferson finished third with Jim Pettit II and rookie Ryan Foster rounding out the top five finishers in the 100-lap AutoZone Twin Championships presented by Havoline.
Vidovich started on the outside front row for the second consecutive race but getting an advantage with a six-car invert.
Kanke, Jefferson, and Pettit waged a spirited battle for third place over the closing laps, but Kanke able to hold the advantage for the runner-up spot. Defending Northwest Series champion Jeff Jefferson rallied to finish third with a loose race car.
Jefferson led all drivers in qualifying with a quick lap of 13.692seconds/65.732 mph around the quarter-mile paved oval to claim his first career Southwest Series Bud Pole Award.
With the victory Vidovich took over the points lead by one over 2004 series champion Pettit. Kanke moves up to third followed by Lamar and Jefferson.
The race took just 35 minutes and 22 seconds to complete at an average speed of 42.423mph. The action was slowed five times for 29 laps of caution. Mike Ledbetter won the $750 PowerAde Award for improving the most positions in the event (13), while Eddy McKean collected the $300 Featherlite Award for improving the most positions from the previous event. Jeff Jefferson claimed the $400 Bud Pole Award and Ryan Foster was the top finishing Sunoco Rookie-of-the-Year competitor. Mike Harvick claimed the Lunati Crew Chief-of-the-Race Award for preparing the winning car.
The next event for the Southwest Series is Saturday, May 14 at Mesa Marin (Calif.) Raceway for the second of three visits the series will make to the high-baked half-mile oval. Auggie Vidovich dominated the action in the series' last visit to MMR while four time MMR winner M.K. Kanke finished fourth.
Time of Race: 0 hrs., 35 mins, 22 secs
Average Speed: 42.413 mph
Margin of Victory: 3.498 Seconds
BUD POLE AWARD: Jeff Jefferson, 42 LeMay Auto Museum/Tri County Parts Dodge
FEATHERLITE AWARD: Eddy McKean, 19 Magic Valley Pipe & Steel Pontiac
POWERADE AWARD: Mike Ledbetter, 61 Pabco Gypsum/Bill's Drywall Chevrolet
LUNATI CREW CHIEF AWARD: Mike Harvick, 11 Centrifugal Technolgies Chevrolet
Caution Flags: Laps 3-7; 26-31; 35-38; 44-48; 54-62. 5 for 29 laps.
Lap Leaders: Auggie Vidovich 1-100.
Total Laps Led: Auggie Vidovich 100. 0 changes involving 1 drivers.
Top 10 Driver Points: Auggie Vidovich 481, Jim Pettit, II 480, M K Kanke 462, Burney Lamar 447, Jeff Jefferson 412, Greg Voigt 410, Eddy McKean 397, Thomas Martin 374, Joe Herold 366, Nick Lynch 361
Top 5 Rookie Points: Dustin Jones 26, Don Campbell 25, Stephan Sadler 21, Ryan Foster 20, David Mayhew 19.
Next Race: Mesa Marin Raceway May 14, 2005