Erie, Colo. (August 18, 2001) Auggie Vidovich Jr. of Lakeside, Calif. held off a hard charging Craig Raudman to win the United Power/Touchstone Energy "150" Saturday evening at the 3/8-mile Colorado National Speedway in Erie, Colo in Featherlite Southwest Series, NASCAR Touring competition. The victory was the second of 2001 for the 20 year hotshoe and kept the young talent within striking distance of Craig Raudman in the season long championship chase. Following Vidovich and Raudman to the line was Rookie candidate Eddy McKean of Jerome, Idaho, with Jim Pettit II in fourth, and Bob Lyon rounding out the top five.
Travis Clark of Littleton, Colo. grab the Bud Pole Award with a time of 16.076/83.976 mph and would lead the first 99 laps before Vidovich assumed control of the race. Clark's immpressive run ended on lap 120 when he was involved in a multi-car incident along with Jon Nelson and Nick Joanides. McKean garnered Rookie-of-the-Race honors and lies just 13 points behind Rookie leader Scott Brandt.
The race took 53 minutes, 22 seconds to complete. The action was slowed four times for 24 laps, with an average race speed of 63.241 mph. Vidovich's margin of victory over Raudman was .001 seconds. Clark earned the Gatorade Front Runner Award for leading the most laps (99).
The FSWS will travel next to the 1/2-mile oval at Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, Calif. Saturday, September 1, 2001 for their third visit to the new facility.