Southwest Champion Vidovich Settles For Fifth Place at Tucson LAKESIDE, CA (October 27, 2004) -- Auggie Vidovich, current NASCAR Elite Division, Southwest Series Champion returned to Tucson Raceway Park last Sunday for a makeup Southwest Series...
Southwest Champion Vidovich Settles For Fifth Place at Tucson
LAKESIDE, CA (October 27, 2004) -- Auggie Vidovich, current NASCAR Elite Division, Southwest Series Champion returned to Tucson Raceway Park last Sunday for a makeup Southwest Series race crossing the TRP finish line with a fifth place finish --- the same track Vidovich won the Southwest Series race in 2000. Twenty-four drivers returned to the 3/8-mile TRP short track to run the postponed StarNursery.Com 150 presented by AutoZone called by NASCAR during practice September 18 due to showers.
Vidovich continues to display his dominance in the Southwest Series with another top-5 finish in 2004. The No. 11 Centrifugal Technologies Chevrolet had been fast off the hauler in September at TRP but the return to TRP had Vidovich a tad tight for the day. Vidovich qualified sixth (15.752) later to bumped up to third to start the race after an eight-car invert.
The race started in cloudy with no chance of rain weather giving the fans excitement with a three-wide race including Vidovich for the lead on the first lap. "We didn't have a winner's circle car today --- a top-5 car basically. The car was tight and I managed to hold my position for the most part," Vidovich said.
Finishing twenty-second at Mesa Marin on October 16 was unfortunate as Vidovich was going for second position before a last-lap crash took the champion out of another top-five finish. Twenty-three-year-old Vidovich is charging hard for wins in 2004 with new car owner, Rich Fountain of Centrifugal Technologies. "Rich has been great and we are working hard to get the No. 11 in winner's circle each race but I haven't been very lucky lately," Vidovich said.
Vidovich turns to Phoenix International Raceway for the final race of the series season Thursday, November 3. Finishing fourth October 3, he looks to have another good finish to end the season. Crew chief for the No. 11 Centrifugal Technologies will again be Mike Harvick joining forces with Vidovich behind the wheel for the HDNet TV televised race. Check your local satellite listings for times and channel in your area for the Thursday race.
With only eight starts for the 2004 Southwest Series season due to a selected race schedule, Vidovich has tallied 3 top-5 and 4 top-10 finishes moving up to 20th from 23rd with his revised schedule.
Running along with the NASCAR Southwest Series for the big PIR weekend will be the NASCAR Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck series'. Vidovich, a two-time series runner up in 2000 and 2001, is focused on his plans for 2005 hoping to move up in one of NASCAR's other popular divisions such as Grand National, Craftsman Truck or Busch Series.
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