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MARK MEECH WIRES NASCAR FIELD

4-07-03

The top three in Saturday's COORS Light 125, Dan Holtz -2nd place (left), Mark Meech -1st place (center), Steve Bolletto -3rd place (right). EL CAJON, CA (April 5) -- Mark Meech captured his second NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series win of his career Saturday after leading all 125 laps in the COORS Light 125. The race was the series' third event on its 14-race 2003 schedule. The victory comes 14 years after his first win in the NASCAR Elite Division and occurred on the driver's home track. Meech (center) was all smiles afterwards as shown here with second place finisher Dan Holtz (left) and third place finisher Steve Bolletto (right). Hoosier Racing Tire is the exclusive tire supplier to the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series.

Thirty-five cars attempted to make the 24-car field with Craig Raudman winning the Bud Pole Award for the Coors Light 125. Raudman's time was a blistering 16.149 seconds around the Cajon Speedway 3/8-mile oval. The top eight redraw had Raudman starting eighth with Mark Meech (pole) and Eric Holmes starting on the front row.

Meech immediately jumped into the lead at the drop of the green flag. From there, Meech led all 125 laps en route to his 2nd career win in the series. Meech also earned $2,500 for the win. The margin of victory for the La Mesa, CA driver was 1.3 seconds. Finishing in second place was previous race winner Dan Holtz. Holtz started the race in third. Finishing in third place, after starting fifth, was Steve Bolletto.

Eric Holmes finished in fourth place, while Jim Pettit II rounded out the top five after starting back in 18th. 

Bryan Germone won the Powerade Move-Of-The-Race Award for his 7th place finish after starting 22nd, while Danny Burson won the Rookie-Of-The-Race Award for his 10th place finish.

After a sixth place finish, Auggie Vidovich, Jr. now leads the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series standings with 485 points followed by Eddy McKean with 424 markers after McKean finished a disappointing 17th. Bryan Germone rounds out the top three in the standings with 414 points.

The series will now take a few weeks off before returning to action on Saturday, April 26th, at California's Stockton 99 Speedway.  

Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. is proud to have been selected by NASCAR to be the exclusive provider of tires to the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series for the 2003 season.

      

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