SWS: Tucson: Auggie Vidovich preview

LAKESIDE, CA -- Although this weekend's Tucson race may hold only a small piece of the puzzle in regard to the overall championship point chase, current NASCAR Elite Division, Featherlite Southwest Series leader Auggie Vidovich will be out to...

LAKESIDE, CA -- Although this weekend's Tucson race may hold only a small piece of the puzzle in regard to the overall championship point chase, current NASCAR Elite Division, Featherlite Southwest Series leader Auggie Vidovich will be out to make the best of his efforts on the progressively banked paved 3/8-mile.

Along with concentrating on the task at hand, Vidovich will be one of 24 drivers that reflect on memories of fellow competitor John Baker, a true racer and a friend of Auggie Vidovich and Vidovich Racing. Baker was a regular 2002 series competitor who lost his life last year at the Irwindale Speedway race, so it is befitting that Tucson Raceway Park designate this weekend's race as "The John Baker 150" in John's memory. Baker from Tucson, AZ was a real racer from the aspect of car owner right down to the driving duties. Baker did it all yet always had a contagious smile on his face.

Vidovich increased his NASCAR Elite Division-Featherlite Southwest Series point lead by 72 points after the last race at Irwindale Speedway with a wild ride when the No. 59 lost the brakes with less than 50 laps to go. Vidovich's right front wheel started smoking lap 110 and quick-thinking Vidovich remained on the track and held on to the pace of the final laps to settle for 5th place. "That could have been a really bad situation for our team. I'm glad I was able to hold on and only lose one-position after my brakes failed," replied Vidovich.

As twenty-two year old Vidovich rolls onto the fast-paced oval this weekend, he realizes the value of this weekend's race with only three races remaining (two at Phoenix International Raceway and one more at Mesa Marin Raceway) in the final leg of the 2003 series. Vidovich's No. 59 Creative Touch Interiors, Carquest, Ransom Brothers Lumber, No Fear, Sobe, Spy, Ron's Rear Ends, DPI, Sierra Brakes Chevrolet is ready for this weekend's race after a positive test session at the Tucson track.

The series passed up Tucson Raceway Park in 2002 but was included as one of 16 stops for the tour in 2001 where Vidovich finished 20th and finished 2nd in the championship point standings (with 2 wins, 5 top-5 and 10 top-10 finishes).

The excitement of the approaching inaugural NASCAR Toyota All-Star Show Down at Irwindale November 6-8 has all series teams on their toes to finish with an invite-only top-10 position for the live-televised event. Vidovich and the Vidovich Racing team are looking forward to the "all star" event and the media attention it is attracting.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Auggie Vidovich , John Baker