SWS: Mesa Marin II: Auggie Vidovich preview

VIDOVICH LEADING SOUTHWEST WITH WIN AT STOCKTON - READY FOR MESA MARIN LAKESIDE, California (May 9, 2005) -- Domination continues to be a word mentioned in the same sentence lately when talking about NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest ...

VIDOVICH LEADING SOUTHWEST WITH WIN AT STOCKTON - READY FOR MESA MARIN

LAKESIDE, California (May 9, 2005) -- Domination continues to be a word mentioned in the same sentence lately when talking about NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series driver Auggie Vidovich II of Lakeside, Calif. as he returned to winner's circle April 30 at Stockton 99 (Calif.) Speedway with a second consecutive victory.

Vidovich was positioned on the outside front row by a six-car invert - call it luck or whatever - Vidovich had the car to beat Saturday night after two practice sessions during the day listed the Rich Fountain owned No.11 Centrifugal Technologies, Ultra Custom Boats, Ransom Brothers True Value Lumber Chevrolet on the top as fastest and ready for the 100-lap race on the historic 1/4-mile paved oval.

The 2003 NASCAR Elite Division, Southwest Series Champion dominated the 23-car field crossing the finish line 3.498 seconds ahead of second place. Vidovich fought off a couple potential challenges among the five restarts by pulling away on each restart and then maneuvering through lapped traffic with ease and never looked back.

The wire-to-wire win leading all 100 laps of the AutoZone Twin Championships Presented by Havoline was Vidovich's second win of the year. Vidovich won round two at Mesa Marin April 9 leading all 125 laps and also starting on the outside pole by an invert.

The Stockton 99 win brings Vidovich's Southwest Series win tally up to eight career victories in the popular series - a feeder for the upper three NASCAR divisions - Cup, Busch and Truck. Vidovich's win list includes Tucson Raceway Park (AZ), Sandia Motorsport Park (NM), two wins at Colorado National (CO), three wins at Mesa Marin (CA) and the recent win at Stockton 99 Speedway (CA).

Now leading the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division, Southwest Series division by one point, Vidovich reflects back to 2003 when he lead the series from round two until the final round of the series - winning the 2003 championship.

Although he is not ready to think about another championship, he knows the importance of each race and hopes to continue his dominance by winning many races this year.

Mike Harvick, crew chief for twenty-four-year-old Vidovich, collected the "Lunati Crew Chief Award" at the Stockton race. The recently introduced Lunati reward program for the 2005 Southwest Series, awards the winning crew chief with recognition for their hands-on countless efforts at each race and the championship crew chief will be rewarded at the series end with a cash bonus.

Crew chief, Mike Harvick, has played a significant role in Vidovich's turnabout in racing in 2005. Harvick today has been instrumental in the careers of several young up-and-coming talents such as Auggie Vidovich. Harvick's knowledge inchassis fabrication, handling of cars on the track and driver coaching has given him a tremendous reputation in today's west coast racing. Vidovich and Harvick are clicking both on and off the track this year and achieving great results.

Vidovich, Harvick and the crew are ready for the upcoming Mesa Marin race May 14 - the second of three races for the series at the 1/2-mile.

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