Southwest Champion Vidovich Travels Southeast for Racing Lakeside, CA (7 June 2004) -- Several NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division drivers and champions are traveling to other regions recently to compete and Champion Auggie Vidovich is no different...
Southwest Champion Vidovich Travels Southeast for Racing
Lakeside, CA (7 June 2004) -- Several NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division drivers and champions are traveling to other regions recently to compete and Champion Auggie Vidovich is no different after a sixth place finish at Irwindale Speedway (Irwindale, CA).
Defending 2003 NASCAR Elite Division, Southwest Series Champion Auggie Vidovich and his championship team left early Monday morning for Nashville Superspeedway and Kentucky Speedway for back-to-back races. Twenty-three-year-old Vidovich, who won the Southwest Series championship last year along with most popular driver of the Southwest Series, is directing his efforts to back-to-back Friday nights of competitive NASCAR racing at two of the larger tracks in the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southeast Series schedule.
Vidovich had the chance to compete with the top-ten southeast drivers including 2003 Southeast Champion, Charlie Bradberry at last year's NASCAR Toyota All Star Showdown in November at Irwindale Speedway. Vidovich along with several other west coast drivers felt that they had the edge on the southern drivers, but that provided to be not the case when it became a very competitive final night of live televised racing for all drivers at the inaugural all star event with Vidovich finishing eighth out of 40 entries for the event.
This coming Friday, June 11, Vidovich will race at Nashville Superspeedway, another state-of-the-art 1.33-mile tri-oval track hosting the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southeast Series "Bob Harmon Memorial Sunbelt Rentals 100" presented by Federated Auto Parts race. Over $118,000 in posted award money announced for this Friday night's race at Nashville, one of the richest payoffs for the year along with adding the exposure of the NASCAR Busch Series teams and owners present for their race on Saturday.
The following Friday, June 18, Vidovich races at Kentucky Speedway, a 1.5-mile paved oval, for the "KENTUCKY 150" presented by Insight Communications. "The larger tracks added to our schedule will add the experience and exposure we are looking to add to my racing resume, " said Auggie Vidovich. Vidovich then returns to the west coast for the next race in the Southwest Series schedule at the demanding road course, Infineon Raceway (Sonoma, CA) June 26.
Both the Nashville and Kentucky races are features of the Southeast Series (formerly All Pro Series covering Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, Alabama, North and South Carolina and Georgia), another proving ground for the up-and-coming young guns of the next generation of NASCAR drivers. There are a lot of experienced drivers in the Southeast Series and Vidovich and the No. 59 Ultra Custom Boats team feel they can fit in right from the start. Vidovich's past track record shows he fares well on tracks he has never raced at. "It is a new challenge every time I test or race at a new track and it gets my adrenaline flowing," said Vidovich.
Vidovich Racing welcomed new a new sponsor to their growing list of supporters for 2004, Ultra Custom Boats. Ultra Custom Boats, has emerged as the industry leader in the family performance boating arena. Combining speed in motorsports and boating in today's society is a natural where everyone wants to go faster than the next guy. Because of their penchant for perfection, Ultra Custom Boats continues to dominate the industry, leading categories most important to them with accolades in categories such as customer satisfaction, safety, workmanship, quality of construction and gelcoat quality to name a few.
In 2003, Vidovich posted 8 top-5, 11 top-10 with an average finish of sixth place. Unfortunately, the finishes in 2003 where not what Vidovich had hoped for but his consistency kept him in the point's lead after race two in 2003, then on to win the 2003 NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series championship. Vidovich also completed the most laps of any driver in 2003 (1880 of 1882) and was voted most popular driver in the Southwest Series by his competitors.
Vidovich revised his 2004 schedule due to a limited budget for this year which will include the Nashville and Kentucky races then a handful of the regular Southwest Series races for the remainder of the 2004 season. A race at Pikes Peak International Raceway (Fountain, CO) July 31 (NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Midwest Series) has also been added to Vidovich's schedule, where he finished second in 2002 (REMAX Challenge Series).
For more information on 2003 NASCAR Elite Division, Southwest Series Champion Auggie Vidovich, check out www.vidovichracing.com.