SWS: Tucson: Auggie Vidovich preview

LAKESIDE, CA (September 13, 2004) - A familiar face in NASCAR --- NASCAR Elite Division, Southwest Series Champion Auggie Vidovich will be debuting a new car number for this weekend's NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series race at...

LAKESIDE, CA (September 13, 2004) - A familiar face in NASCAR --- NASCAR Elite Division, Southwest Series Champion Auggie Vidovich will be debuting a new car number for this weekend's NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series race at Tucson where he won in 2000 and finished second in 2003.

Vidovich, who regularly fielded the fan favorite No. 59 entry for the past four years including during his championship run in 2003, will be partnering with No.11 Centrifugal Technologies Chevrolet owner, Rich Fountain, at Tucson Raceway Park (Tucson, AZ) plus the remaining three races at Bakersfield and Phoenix. The No. 11 Centrifugal Technologies car will be fielded with Mike Harvick as crew chief for the four races and both Vidovich and Harvick were upbeat after a recent test session in the No. 11 with Vidovich behind the wheel.

Vidovich will take to the fast-paced TRP track no different than usual with the new car number for the STARNURSERY.COM 150 presented by AutoZone. The reining champ fancies the competitive side-by-side racing TRP has to offer.

Just off a second place finish by only six-tenths behind the winner at Pikes Peak International Raceway (Fountain, CO) July 31 (NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Midwest Series), Vidovich is anxious to add a win this year to his impressive resume.

Twenty-three-year old Vidovich had been running a limited schedule in the Southwest Series for the remainder of 2004 season prior to joining forces with Rich Fountain in the No. 11 car. "I am excited about driving the No. 11 Centrifugal Technologies car for the remainder of the year for Rich Fountain and am aiming to bring the No. 11 to winner's circle," said an eager Vidovich earlier this week.

Seventeen drivers have victories in the 20 races held at Tucson Raceway Park including Vidovich in 2000. This weekend's 150-lap race is the 11th race of 14 for the Southwest Series with over 28 entries hoping for one of the 24 starting positions for the Saturday night race.

Tucson Raceway Park, a progressively-banked 3/8-mile paved oval, was in the spotlight in the early 90's as the location of the televised, packed house "Winter Heat" series bringing many new faces and talents to the attention of the "always hungry for the next young guns of NASCAR" owners and teams. Greg Biffle, Ron Hornaday and Kevin Harvick showcased their talents and moved on to what was referred to then as the premier NASCAR series, Winston Cup, with the assistance of the "Winter Heat" series.

Vidovich took part in the 2003 Inaugural NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown back in November 2003, which pitted the talents of the Southwest, Northwest, Midwest and Southeast NASCAR drivers. Although, Vidovich knows that he will not be part of the 2004 All-Star Showdown at Irwindale, he was excited to be a part of the Inaugural event last year finishing eighth out of 40 invited entries.

Along with winning the NASCAR Elite Division, Southwest Series championship in 2003, Vidovich won the 2003 NASCAR Elite Division, Southwest Series 'most popular' driver voted on by his peers in the series (winning also in 2001). Vidovich also completed the most laps (1880 of 1882) by any series competitor in 2003.

Vidovich, a two-time series runner up in 2000 and 2001, heads to Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, California on October 16.

For more information on 2003 NASCAR Southwest Series Champion Auggie Vidovich and his great sponsors (Ultra Custom Boats, Creative Touch Interiors, Ransom Brothers True Value Lumber and Eibach Springs) log on to www.vidovichracing.com.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Auggie Vidovich