SWS: Mesa Marin II: Race report

Bakersfield, Calif. - Doug McCoun of Prunedale, Calif. made it eight winners in eight races this season on the Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring circuit. McCoun returned to victory lane after a nearly four year drought which catapulted...

Bakersfield, Calif. - Doug McCoun of Prunedale, Calif. made it eight winners in eight races this season on the Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring circuit. McCoun returned to victory lane after a nearly four year drought which catapulted the series veteran into the top-five season point standings.

Following McCoun to the finish line was Auggie Vidovich Jr., who recorded his best finish of the season. Frank Maronski Jr. came home third, with Keith Spangler in fourth, and Bud Pole Winner Burney Lamar rounding out the top five. Jim Pettit II led the second group of five in sixth, with Todd Souza, Joe Herold, M.K. Kanke, and Frank Deiny Jr. rounding out the top-ten finishers.

Burney Lamar won his second Bud Pole Award of the season and the Gatorade Front Runner Award for leading the most laps(87), but had to settle for fifth in the final run down. Steve Belletto was the Rookie-of-the-Race for the second race in a row and clipped one point off of Brandon Whitt's ROTY lead.

It took just a little over one hour to complete the 150-lap distance, which was slowed seven times for cautions totaling 39 laps. A red flag on lap 136 brought out by oil on the racing surface, changed to outcome of the race. The car of Rocky Nash dropped rear end grease that collected then leaders Dan Holtz, M.K. Kanke, and Burney Lamar. The trio spun in turn one and the rest of the field weaved through. Kanke and Lamar were able to refire and join the pack on the lead lap, while Holtz retired on the hook.

McCoun found himself in the lead after working his way into the top-ten from his 19th starting position. On the restart, McCoun was able to hold off all challengers and go on to win and receive a very enthusiastic reception from the more then 4,000 area fans.

The Featherlite Southwest Series will take three weeks off before heading to Altamont Raceway Park in Tracy, Calif. Saturday, July 20.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Brandon Whitt , Joe Herold , Dan Holtz , Burney Lamar , Doug McCoun , Jim Pettit II , Steve Belletto , Auggie Vidovich