SWS: Mesa Marin: Auggie Vidovich race notes

VIDOVICH STOMPS THE COMPETITION WITH A WIN AT MESA MARIN LAKESIDE, California (13 April 2005) -- 2003 NASCAR Elite Division, Southwest Series Champion and California racer, Auggie Vidovich II backed up last weekend's pre race premonition with a...

VIDOVICH STOMPS THE COMPETITION WITH A WIN AT MESA MARIN

LAKESIDE, California (13 April 2005) -- 2003 NASCAR Elite Division, Southwest Series Champion and California racer, Auggie Vidovich II backed up last weekend's pre race premonition with a win at the high-banked 1/2-mile Mesa Marin Raceway oval in Bakersfield (CA) Saturday, April 9th. Not only did Vidovich win the 150-lap race (by .353 seconds), he lead every lap and by a distance of up to six to eight-car lengths most of the race.

The #11 Centrifugal Technologies, Ultra Custom Boats, Ransom Brothers True Value Lumber Chevrolet owned by Rich Fountain started on the outside pole and between turn one and two, Vidovich took the lead over pole sitter Travis Bennett and never looked back.

With a total of six cautions (for a total of 36 laps) during the early evening race, Vidovich was able to get great restarts each time never allowing Bennett to really challenge Vidovich for position. Vidovich quickly distanced himself from the rest of the field and the #11 just flat out dominated all night. Vidovich's lead almost ended around lap 138 when passing a lapped car he was tagged on the right front quarter panel with only minor damage occurring letting Vidovich continue his momentum on for the win.

"Mike Harvick kept me focused while calling out my times and I drove the car concentrating on not using up my tires and the teamwork paid off," said Vidovich. "I knew we could do it. I love this Bakersfield track and felt strongly about my chances after two hard days of testing a week ago followed up by Friday's practice before the Saturday night race," said the 2003 Southwest Series Champion.

"The fans got a great doubleheader night racing this evening." JThis win brings Vidovich up to third (49 points out of first) in the point standings after two races (Mesa Marin and Phoenix) with the next Southwest Series race at Stockton 99 (CA) April 30. The California native last visited Stockton 99 in 2003, where he finished 4th and is looking for another top-five finish on the 1/4-mile to maintain his points in the series. With the series running a total of 14 races in 2005, the series will be making a new stop at Pikes Peak International Raceway (July 23) where Vidovich finished second last year in the NASCAR AutoZone Elite, Midwest Series race.

Vidovich will again be in the hunt for the series championship this year and is really pumped up about his chances.

-www.vidovichracing.com

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