WWS: SWS: Teams complete testing at LVMS

LAS VEGAS -- NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series drivers spent Tuesday and Wednesday preparing for the Nevada 100 Oct. 13 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Many drivers will make their first appearances on the 1.5-mile superspeedway Oct. 13. The ...

LAS VEGAS -- NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series drivers spent Tuesday and Wednesday preparing for the Nevada 100 Oct. 13 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Many drivers will make their first appearances on the 1.5-mile superspeedway Oct. 13. The drivers are not experienced with restrictor plate racing and elected to test in preparation.

Auggie Vidovich is in second place behind Craig Raudman going into the Nevada 100 race. The 20-year-old spent two consecutive days testing for his debut on the superspeedway.

"This is my first time in this car on a superspeedway," Vidovich said."I like it a lot. It is smooth. I'm hoping we can do well-- at least top 10. We have put together a real good car. It has a good motor.

Jim Pettit II is seventh in the Series point standings with two top-five finishes and three top-10 finishes. Pettit spent his testing session becoming familiar with the superspeedway.

"We don't have any experience on a restrictor-plate racing type of racetrack. It is different for me with 20 years of short track racing. It is hard to get in your mind that you don't lift," Pettit said."We are working on it. That is why we are here testing.

"Our goal is to come here and have a good run and hopefully finish in the top 10 with no damage. It is a little difficult, but we'll get better. It is a beautiful racetrack."

Scott Brandt is a top contender for the Southwest Series' rookie-of-the year honors.

"This is my very first time. It is so much different than everything else that we run," Brandt said."It takes a little bit of getting used too. We would like to be a little better than we are right now at this point, but I think we'll get there sooner or later."

Doug McCoun, currently in 10th place, is one Southwest Series driver that has experience on the superspeedway and looks to capitalize.

"It's going pretty good," McCoun said."We haven't been on this track in a few years, so it takes a little bit getting used to driving it. The last time we were here we qualified second and finished second. I love this racetrack. I'm just glad we finally got to come back. It's just awesome."

Testing Tuesday were Troy Adams (Southwest Series), Scott Bryant (Southwest Series), Scott Busby (Southwest Series), Dave Byrd (Southwest Series), McCoun (Southwest Series), Sean Monroe (Southwest Series), Pettit (Southwest Series), Todd Souza (Southwest Series), Brett Thompson (Southwest Series), Bill Sedgwick (Winston West) and Vidovich (Winston West).

Testing Wednesday were John Baker (Southwest Series), Joe Herold (Southwest Series), Jon Nelson (Southwest Series), Greg Pursley (Southwest Series), Vidovich (Southwest Series) and 1999 Winston West champion Sean Woodside (Southwest Series).

In addition to the Nevada 100, the 24 Hour Fitness 150 NASCAR Winston West Series will compete Oct. 13 and the stars of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will return to LVMS for the running of The Orleans 350 on Sunday, Oct. 14. Tickets are available for all three events by calling 1-800-644-4444.

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