Charlotte: Kevin Lepage race report

When the Coca-Cola 600 started this weekend at Lowe's Motorspeedway, a familiar but not-so-frequent name showed up on the starting grid. Qualifying is 71 Fast Boy Wings Ford in 27th position, Kevin Lepage returned to run his first NASCAR Winston...

When the Coca-Cola 600 started this weekend at Lowe's Motorspeedway, a familiar but not-so-frequent name showed up on the starting grid. Qualifying is 71 Fast Boy Wings Ford in 27th position, Kevin Lepage returned to run his first NASCAR Winston Cup race of 2003.

Fast Boy Wings is a restaurant chain operating four locations in the Jacksonville, Florida area and provided funding for Lepage's efforts in both The Winston and the Coca-Cola 600.

Sitting on the sidelines all year without a sponsor, Lepage and his Matrix Motorsports operation put together a decent race car and got horsepower from a Yates engine. The car, which Lepage ran in The Winston the previous weekend, was set up in his shop and much of the work he did himself with a skeleton crew.

When the race started, Kevin was without a crew chief and give feedback and instructions to the pit crew, which was from the CLR Racing team. Between them, they made adjustments to the car and allowed Kevin to work his way back up to 32nd after falling to the back of the field.

And, as with all Kevin's races, his wife Donna was his spotter, guiding him through and around traffic, including a couple of spin outs that had the potential of gathering his car up in the fray.

The consensus at the Matrix transporter following the race was that the car could have run Top 25 had the event not be shortened due to rain. Kevin also thanked the other race teams that gave him help during the weekend, as well as the pick-up pit crew and Robert Yates, for providing the engine on short-notice.

With this showing at the "600" Lepage is hoping to secure a sponsorship to continue racing this year in either the Winston Cup or Busch Series. He had raced well in both series and this weekend gave him is 316th NASCAR start.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kevin Lepage , Robert Yates