SWS: Mesa Maring II: Sean Woodside race report

July 1, 2002 (Saugus, Calif.) - Sean Woodside, driver of the ...

July 1, 2002 (Saugus, Calif.) - Sean Woodside, driver of the #45 Lucas Oil/Ron's Rear Ends Chevrolet in the Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring, came away from Mesa Marin Raceway's Firecracker 150 in Bakersfield, Calif. last Saturday with a smaller gap between his second-place points position and the first-place spot, currently held by fellow competitor Eddy McKean.

Woodside can overtake the top spot in the Southwest Series points race by eliminating the 19 markers that stand between him and first-place.

Woodside worked his way forward from a twelfth-row starting spot on the grid, and was taking over a top-five position when he cut a tire avoiding a wreck with just five laps to go. Changing a tire under green compromised his finishing position, but allowed him to finish running and closer to the points lead.

"It was good to be able to make some progress toward the top, even if we couldn't bring home a win," said Woodside. "The team lost no time changing that flat tire. A good, quick pit stop gave us what we needed to get back out onto the track and finish ahead of our closest competition. I have to thank my crew for that."


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