BUSCH: Charlotte II: Aaron Fike qualifying notes

Fike Qualifies 17th At Lowe's Motor Speedway; Best Start Ever In Busch Race - Strong Starting Position For The ...

Fike Qualifies 17th At Lowe's Motor Speedway; Best Start Ever In Busch Race

- Strong Starting Position For The #43 Ollie's Bargain Outlet Curb-Agajanian Team -

CONCORD, NC (October 14, 2004) -- With a lap of 29.952 seconds at 180.288 MPH, Aaron Fike will start 17th in tomorrow night's "Lowe's Presents The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 300" NASCAR Busch Series event. This is Aaron's best start ever in the challenging Busch Series, his previous being 20th at Nashville.

"There were a lot of good cars out here today," said Aaron, commenting on the 56 cars that attempted to qualify for tomorrow's race. "But I was sure we were going to make the race. The #43 felt great -- no wonder we qualified so well."

Crew chief Joe Shear is ready to repeat the Ollie's Bargain Outlet team's strong performance in the first 50 laps of last week's race at Kansas. "After our practice session today, I knew that we had a fast car," he said. Aaron was 7th fastest in practice today, with a lap of 30.065 seconds at 179.611 mph. Shear continued, "Aaron went out there tonight and put the hammer down. We're definitely looking forward to tomorrow night."

About Aaron Fike

A two-time National Midget Driver of the Year, 21-year old Aaron Fike's racing resume reads like a veteran's. Like NASCAR Nextel Cup stars Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne, Aaron started his professional racing career in open wheel cars. He met with considerable success, winning more than 20 feature races in United States Auto Club (USAC) Midgets, Sprint Cars, and the premier Silver Crown Series. In 2001, Aaron broke Jeff Gordon's record and became the youngest driver ever to win in a Silver Crown Series race.

TELEVISION SCHEDULE FOR THE "LOWE'S PRESENTS THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE 300"

The "Lowe's Presents The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 300" at Lowe's Motor Speedway will be televised on Friday, October 15 at 8:00 PM EST on TNT.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Kasey Kahne , Aaron Fike