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Dan Holtz after winning his 1st NASCAR FSW Series raceBAKERSFIELD, CA (March 22) -- In the second series race of the season, Dan Holtz won his first career NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series race Saturday night at Mesa Marin Speedway. Holtz, after starting on the pole, had to battle back from a lap down in capturing the historic win. Holtz was the 2001 track champion at the Mesa Marin 1/2-mile track Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. begins the 2003 season as the exclusive tire supplier to the series.

Thirty cars started the race with Dan Holtz, driving a Ford, on the pole after winning the Bud Pole Award for his qualifying lap of 19.016 seconds (94.657 mph). 

When the green flag fell starting the race, outside pole-sitter Craig Raudman used the high line to take the early race lead. Raudman led until lap 75, when Doug McCoun took over the race lead. McCoun's lead lasted until lap 119, when Eddy McKean moved into the race lead. But on lap 151, Dan Holtz charged back into the race lead after falling a lap down midway through the race due to a pit miscue. Holtz defended the race lead and took the checkered flag on lap 200.

The win was Holtz's first career win in the NASCAR Elite Division. Holtz collected $4,325 for the win. Auggie Vidovich finished in second place after starting tenth. The runner-up pocketed $2,700. Eric Holmes rounded out the top three while collecting $1,750.

Greg Voigt finished in fourth after starting way back in 27th, while Todd Souza rounded out the top five.

The series takes a one-week respite before returning to action on April 5, at Cajun Speedway in El Cajon, CA.

Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. is proud to be the exclusive tire supplier to the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series for 2003.


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