SWS: Mesa Marin: Sean Woodside notches first win of season

Woodside and Team Walker Motorsports notch win at Mesa Marin. April 6, 2002 (Valencia, Calif.) - Sean Woodside and Team Walker Motorsports notched their first win for the 2002 season in tonight's Featherlite Southwest West Series, NASCAR Touring...

Woodside and Team Walker Motorsports notch win at Mesa Marin.

April 6, 2002 (Valencia, Calif.) - Sean Woodside and Team Walker Motorsports notched their first win for the 2002 season in tonight's Featherlite Southwest West Series, NASCAR Touring Rialto Concrete Products 125 at Mesa Marin Raceway.

Tonight's win was the first in a NASCAR touring series level event for team owners Mike and Donna Walker.

Woodside's eighth-place qualifying effort landed him a start from the pole position due to the inversion of the eight fastest cars. The Southwest Series inverts the first six or eight cars in the starting lineup, based on a draw determined by the fastest qualifier.

Woodside led the first two laps of the race, but relinquished his lead to the 10 car of Nick Joanides. He maintained a close second-place running position, and then easily retook the lead from Joanides on lap 58.

Woodside held off attempts for the lead by Joanides until M.K. Kanke passed Joanides on a restart on lap 77. Woodside easily maintained a solid five-car lead over Kanke throughout the remaining laps of the race, and sailed to a first-place finish.

"It's really fun to drive a racecar when it runs that well," Woodside said. "The team gave me an excellent car. It was a good, solid team effort, and my thanks go to everyone on the team."

Woodside continued, "I should also thank our team's new crew chief, Mike Harvick, whose work has had a very positive effect on our operation."

Harvick began working with Team Walker Motorsports in late-February.

"I'm very proud of the entire team," said Mike Walker. "I want to thank each and every one of them individually for the job they've done. They deserve this win as much as Woodside, my mother and I do. Hopefully we'll be able to carry this momentum into the next race, as well as through the rest of the season."

The Rialto Concrete Products 125 will be televised on the SPEED Channel on Monday, April 8, 2002 at 8:00 p.m. EST.

More information is available at the team's Web site at www.teamwalkermotorsports.com.

Team Walker Motorsports is a multi-team racing operation owned by Donna Walker and her son, Michael. The Valencia, Calif.-based team fields cars in the NASCAR Winston West Series and Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring featuring former Winston West champion Sean Woodside and Michael Walker. Team sponsors include NAPA Filters, Mechanix Wear and Tri-State Construction.

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Drivers Nick Joanides