SWS: Irwindale: Auggie Vidovich preview

SW LAP LEADER AUGGIE VIDOVICH SET FOR IRWINDALE LAKESIDE, Calif. (16 June 2005) -- Auggie Vidovich II returns to Irwindale Saturday, June 18, hoping to add an Irwindale win to his two wins in 2005. The touring NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, ...

SW LAP LEADER AUGGIE VIDOVICH SET FOR IRWINDALE

LAKESIDE, Calif. (16 June 2005) -- Auggie Vidovich II returns to Irwindale Saturday, June 18, hoping to add an Irwindale win to his two wins in 2005. The touring NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series stops by the state-of-the-art Irwindale Speedway where Vidovich has finished 6th (2004), 5th twice (2003), and 2nd and 7th (2002). The 2003 NASCAR Elite Division, Southwest Series Champion continues to be a championship contender since the beginning of the series season with three top-five, three top-10 and an average finish of sixth. Vidovich, 24, dropped to third in the point standings after a recent 12th place finish at Colorado National Speedway with only 16 points separating the top three in the championship battle.

The No.11 Centrifugal Technologies, Ultra Custom Boats, Ransom Brothers True Value Lumber Chevrolet with Mike Harvick calling the game plans for Vidovich in 2005, posted two back-to-back victories (Mesa Marin and Stockton 99) and a second at Mesa Marin, May 14. Vidovich lead every lap at the races he won and tops the series stats for most laps lead at 250.

Irwindale Speedway might be considered the home track of many southern California racers recently with the announcement of Mesa Marin's (Bakersfield, CA) demise at the end of the season and Cajon Speedway (El Cajon, CA) calling it quits earlier this year. Regular Southwest Series competitor, Vidovich of Lakeside, California is one of those drivers losing his hometown track (Cajon Speedway) this year and feels local small track racing has been a valuable step for many NASCAR racers today. "I enjoyed racing before my hometown crowd and I know they enjoyed having the Tour and West Series race at Cajon the past years," said Vidovich.

The Irwindale Speedway is offering an open practice for fans to view the Southwest Series cars Friday afternoon with gates opening at 2 p.m. and practice starting at 4:30 p.m. The "Advantage Ford 100" race, Saturday, will be the first of two races at the spectacular San Gabriel Valley track with the second race scheduled for August 6. Live lap-by-lap Internet race action can be viewed on RacingWest.com with Qualifying at 5 p.m. and the Green Flag waiving at 8 p.m. (PST). JThe 1/2-mile motorsports complex opened in 1999 with seating for 6,000 is located less than 25 minutes from downtown Los Angeles off the 605 Freeway. For Tickets or additional information, contact (626) 358-1100.

-www.vidovichracing.com.

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