Auggie Vidovich (Lakeside) made his first West Series start at Irwindale in the King Taco 200. It was only his third start of the season. Vidovich continued the trend for first time winners after Andrew Ranger won the first West Series race of his career at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma.
Vidovich took over the lead at Irwindale on lap 59 and led the remaining 141 laps of the race. He led a handful of West Series part-timers who finished in the top 10. Brett Thompson was third. Chris Johnson was fifth.
Timmy Hill was seventh and Dusty Davis was eighth.
Blake Koch finished second, his third top-five and fourth top-10 finish of the West Series season. He passed Brennan Newberry (Bakersfield), whose car lost power and slowed to a stop in turn 2 with three laps to go in the race. Newberry was running in second at the time, but ended up in 16th place.
"Auggie had a real good car," Koch said. "Brennan came on strong there at the end. I really didn't have too much tire under me at the end....(Thompson) was real close. I'm happy with a second-place finish the way the car was driving there with 10 laps to go."
Greg Pursley (Newhall) won the pole and led the first 42 laps of the race. He got a flat tire and hit the backstretch wall on lap 43. Vidovich took over the lead for the next five laps. Koch was able to pass Vidovich and lead the race for the next 11 laps.
Vidovich regained the lead on lap 59 and held it for the rest of the race.
"The car was all right," Vidovich said. "Blake, I thought he was the one who was going to get me. I was driving my heart out. Then Newberry got in position and I didn't see much out of him, so then I just rode. When he stalled, I had a big enough lead. It really didn't matter I don't think."
Eric Holmes, the leader in the West Series standings, finished 10th. He has a 64-point lead over David Mayhew after six West Series races. Mayhew, who started on the front row with Pursley, had engine problems and finished in 23rd place
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