SWS: Cajon: Auggie Vidovich preview

Auggie Vidovich Ready For The Big Show Before Hometown Cajon Speedway Crowd LAKESIDE, CA (April 1, 2004) -- Defending 2003 NASCAR Elite Division, Southwest Series Champion Auggie Vidovich is more than ready for the big race this Saturday at his...

Auggie Vidovich Ready For The Big Show Before Hometown Cajon Speedway Crowd

LAKESIDE, CA (April 1, 2004) -- Defending 2003 NASCAR Elite Division, Southwest Series Champion Auggie Vidovich is more than ready for the big race this Saturday at his hometown track, Cajon Speedway. "I like racing Cajon Speedway as it allows my sponsors and fans, many of which can't make it to many of my races, to watch the fast racing of the popular NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest series," said Lakeside resident Auggie Vidovich.

Coming away with a 4th place finish last weekend at Mesa Marin, Vidovich looks to carry over his momentum to this weekend's race at the 3/8-mile fastest paved oval in the west before his fans, family and sponsors for the COORS LIGHT 125. "We unloaded last weekend with a fast car from the start and our best practice time of 18.783, 3rd fast backed it up."

Vidovich then qualified the # 59 Creative Touch Interiors, Ransom Brothers Lumber, Carquest, No Fear, SOBE, SPY, Ron's Rear Ends, Impact Racing Products, Eibach Chevrolet Monte Carlo 4th out of 30 starters and with an invert of 10 cars started inside 4th row, 7th for the 150-lap race.

Racing action consisted pretty much of a one-groove race with Vidovich picking off positions on his way up to the leader. When he finally pressured the leader, Pettit, for the lead down low, his car lost the groove, got loose and pushed the leader up high allowing the next in line, Raudman and Gilliland to get by. Vidovich got control and fell back into line in fifth, later moving up to fourth in the final laps to finish the race.

Last year at Cajon Speedway, Vidovich started 16th and finished sixth with twenty-three-year-old Vidovich later to go on to win the NASCAR Elite Division, Southwest Championship at Phoenix International Raceway in October and most popular NASCAR Southwest series driver for 2003.

Local racer and champion Ron Esau is the only other driver from Lakeside, CA to win the Southwest Championship, in fact, he was the inaugural champion in 1986. "It feels great to be mentioned in the same category as Ron Esau who has won many races and the 1978 Cajon Speedway Championship," said Vidovich.

Auggie Vidovich recently revised his 2004 schedule due to a limited budget for this year which will take Vidovich and the championship Vidovich Racing team to Irwindale May 29, followed by back-to-back races in June at Nashville Super Speedway USA (Lebanon, TN) June 11 and Kentucky Super Speedway (Sparta, KY) June 18 including a stop at Pikes Peak International Raceway (Fountain, CO) July 31. Vidovich feels the larger tracks added to his schedule will increase the experience and exposure the champion is looking to add to his already impressive racing resume.

For more information on 2003 NASCAR Elite Division, Southwest Series Champion Auggie Vidovich, check out www.vidovichracing.com.

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