Vidovich Claims King Taco 200 Wins at Irwindale for first K&N Pro Series West victory IRWINDALE, Calif. -- Auggie Vidovich captured his first career win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West with a victory in the King Taco 200 at Toyota Speedway at...
Vidovich Claims King Taco 200
Wins at Irwindale for first K&N Pro Series West victory
IRWINDALE, Calif. -- Auggie Vidovich captured his first career win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West with a victory in the King Taco 200 at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale on Saturday night.
The 29-year-old Lakeside, Calif., driver, who was the 2003 champion in the former NASCAR Elite Division Southwest Tour, dominated the event after taking the lead from Blake Koch on Lap 59.
Although it was his first series start at the half-mile Irwindale track, Vidovich had previous success there in winning the Elite Division portion of the 2005 NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown. By virtue of Saturday's win, he secured a spot in the upcoming postseason NASCAR K&N Pro Series showcase.
Koch wound up second, followed by Brett Thompson, Moses Smith and Chris Johnson. Jonathon Gomez, Timmy Hill, Brandon Davis, Luis Martinez Jr. and Eric Holmes rounded out the top 10. Brennan Newberry, making only his second series start, was running second to Vidovich in the closing stages but stalled in Turn 1 with three laps to go.
"The car was all right," sad Vidovich, who led twice for 148 laps. "Blake, I thought he was the one who was going to get me. I was driving my heart out. Then Newberry got in position and I didn't see much out of him, so then I just rode. When he stalled, I had a big enough lead. It really didn't matter I don't think."
Greg Pursley won the Coors Light Pole Award earlier in the day and led the first 42 laps before contact with the Turn 2 wall. That handed the lead to Vidovich.
The King Taco 200 will air on SPEED on Thursday, July 15 at 6 p.m. ET.
The next event on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule is the Bi-Mart Salute to the Troops 125 at Portland (Ore.) International Raceway on Sunday, July 18.