SWS: Mesa Marin Raceway race facts

WHAT: Big O Tires "150" Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring Race No. 14 of 16 WHERE: Mesa Marin Raceway, Bakersfield, Calif.1/2-Mile Paved WHEN: Saturday, October 20, 2001 -- 9:00 p.m. PST DISTANCE: 150 Laps/75 Miles POSTED AWARDS:...

WHAT: Big O Tires "150" Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring Race No. 14 of 16
WHERE: Mesa Marin Raceway, Bakersfield, Calif.1/2-Mile Paved
WHEN: Saturday, October 20, 2001 -- 9:00 p.m. PST
DISTANCE: 150 Laps/75 Miles
POSTED AWARDS: $34,600

FIELD: 30 cars possible. The fastest 24 cars through time trials with two provisional starting positions (25th & 26th) available to the top 30 drivers based on the current 2001 Featherlite Southwest Series point standings, who have not qualified for one of the original 24 starting positions, provided eligible drivers attempt to qualify. The 27th and 28th starting positions are available to the highest 30 car owners in the current 2001 Featherlite Southwest Series point standings who have not qualified for one of the original 24 starting positions. The 29th and 30th starting positions will be filled by the top two (2) highest finishing drivers from the Qualifying Race, electing to transfer.

SANCTION: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR)

SCHEDULE:

Saturday, October 20
10:00 a.m. Registration & Inspections
12:00 noon Mandatory Rookie Driver's Meeting
12:30 p.m. Drawing to determine Qualifying order
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. -- Practice
4:20 p.m. Mandatory driver's meeting
5:30 p.m. Time Trials (2 Laps). All positions
TBA Qualifying race
TBA. Trophy Dash
9:00 p.m. Big O Tires "150"

THE RACE TRACK: Mesa Marin Raceway is a 1/2-mile paved oval track.

RECORDS:                Driver          Date            Speed           Time

QUALIFYING: Frank Adamo 10/16/98 100.903 mph 17.839 sec.
RACE: 100-Laps Loren Kelley 6/30/90 81.743 mph 36 min. 44 sec.

FEATHERLITE SOUTHWEST SERIES NOTES:

* The series is coming off a successful race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway where 47 competitors vied for 36 starting positions. Craig Raudman won the race and extended his point lead to 209 over Auggie Vidovich Jr.

* Craig Raudman of Bakersfield, Calif. has set the record for consecutive Bud Pole awards at five and is fast approaching Lance Hooper's 1995 mark of nine Bud Poles in a season. Raudman has seven Bud Pole Awards this season after setting a new qualifying record at LVMS.

*       Eddy McKean of Jerome, Idaho was the FSWS Rookie-of-the-Race at LVMS.
McKean finished 4th  to record his third top five finish of the season.

* Scott Brandt maintains his point lead in the Rookie-of-the-Year race by only one point after a devastating crash at LVMS. Brandt will use his backup car for the remaining events.

* Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company has posted award tires for all events in 2001, which include 32 tires to be distributed to eligible Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring car owners per event.

Current FSWS 2001 Point Standings June 30, 2001 FSWS Mesa Marin Raceway
Top 10
1. Craig Raudman 1991 1. Auggie Vidovich Jr.
2. Auggie Vidovich Jr. 1782 2. Darrell LaMoure
3. Darrell LaMoure 1693 3. Jon Nelson
4. Jon Nelson 1611 4. Craig Raudman
5. Bob Lyon 1603 5. Ben Walker
6. Jim Pettit II 1593 6. Nick Joanides
7. Nick Joanides 1574 7. Brett Thompson
8. Eddy McKean 1558 8. Bob Lyon
9. Greg Pursley 1556 9. Doug McCoun
10. Doug McCoun 1498 10. Joe Herold

June 30, 2001 RACE REVIEW: Craig Raudman won the Bud Pole Award with a time of 18.422 and started the event on the pole. Raudman led the first 31 laps from his pole starting position, then lost the lead when a determined Auggie Vidovich Jr. got the inside line on Raudman and assumed the point. Vidovich would not be challenged throughout the rest of the 150-lap race and went on to win by .200 over a hard-charging Darrell LaMoure.

June 30, 2001 RACE STATS
Bud Pole: Craig Raudman
Time of Race: 1 Hour, 7 seconds
Average Speed: 74.854 mph
Margin of Victory: .200 seconds
Caution Flags: Four for 20 Laps
Lap Leaders: Craig Raudman 1-31, Auggie Vidovich Jr. 332-150.
One lead changes between two drivers.

Previous FSWS Winners at Mesa Marin Raceway
2001-M.K. Kanke 2001- Auggie Vidovich Jr.
2000-Sean Woodside 2000-Matt Crafton 1999-Kurt Busch
1999-Kevin Harvick 1999-Gary Lewis 1998-Kevin Harvick
1998-Bryan Germone 1998-M.K. Kanke 1997-M.K. Kanke
1997-Steve Portenga 1997-Mike Alsup 1996-Chris Raudman 1996-Mark Reed 1996-M.K. Kanke 1995-Craig Raudman
1995-Lance Hooper 1994-Jim Inglebright 1994-Bryan Germone
1994-Sean Monroe 1994-Doug McCoun 1993-Doug McCoun
1993-Bob Lyon 1993-D Williams 1993-Steve Portenga
1992-D Williams 1992-Doug George 1992-Doug George
1992-Rick Carelli 1991-Doug George 1991-Doug George
1991-Rick Carelli 1991-Mike Chase 1990-Jon Paques
1990-Ron Hornaday Jr. 1990-Mike Chase 1990-Mike Chase
1989-Loren Kelley 1989-Mike Chase 1989-Mike Chase
1989-Mike Chase 1988-Ron Hornaday Jr. 1988-Mike Chase
1988-Mike Chase 1988-Roman Calczynski 1987-Ken Pederson
1987-Gary Manlow 1987-Mike Chase

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Kurt Busch , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Matt Crafton , Lance Hooper , Rick Carelli , Steve Portenga , Mark Reed , Jim Inglebright , Brett Thompson , Greg Pursley , Bryan Germone , Joe Herold , Darrell LaMoure , Doug McCoun , Jim Pettit II , Craig Raudman , Auggie Vidovich , Ben Walker , Gary Lewis , Nick Joanides
Teams Williams