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Lepage to Retain No. 88 on HYPE Chevrolet in 1997 Season

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (December 12, 1996) - With the recent addition of a second race team to the Ridling Motorsports stable, Kevin Lepage will continue to carry the No. 88 on his HYPE Chevrolet Monte Carlo during the 1997NASCAR Busch Series season. It was previously announced that Lepage would switch his car number from 88 to 86 in the Busch Series while a second Ridling Motorsports team was to carry the No. 88. "When Ridling Motorsports purchased the majority interest of RLP Racing with Lance Snacks and Rodney Combs, the legendary No. 43 remained with the team," explained team owner David Ridling. "Ridling Motorsports has utilized No. 88 since our first race. Rather than lose the number, which we earned our first victory with, Kevin will drive the No. 88 in the Busch Series in 1997." The Mooresville, N.C. based team won the season-ending event, both Lepage's and the team's career first, at the Metro-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex in November. Lepage will continue to carry the No. 86 on his Chevrolet when he competes in selected NASCAR Winston Cup Series events in the 1997 season. "The No. 88 is special to me since I won my first Busch Series race carrying it on my Hype Chevy," said Lepage. "I am proud to carry on the Ridling Motorsports tradition."

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