BUSCH: Dover II: Aaron Fike race notes

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Fike and #43 Ollie's Bargain Outlet Curb-Agajanian Dodge Finish 17th At Dover
- 21-Year-Old Scores First Top-20 At Stacker 2 Hundred Presented by YJ Stinger, Ready for Lowe's Test -

CORNELIUS, NC (September 27, 2004) -- Aaron Fike and the #43 Ollie's Bargain Outlet Curb-Agajanian Dodge had a strong run at the Stacker 2 Hundred Presented by YJ Stinger at the famous "Monster Mile" this past Saturday afternoon. Aaron and the #43 Ollie's Bargain Outlet crew ran a consistent race, running most of the day with the better funded teams of Paul Menard and David Stremme. This was Aaron's first top-20 finish in the Busch Series. Most impressive was that he had never seen Dover International Speedway before this past weekend, as a previously scheduled test was rained out.

"Dover was redemption from our dead-last Richmond finish," said Fike, an open-wheel ace and two-time National Midget Driver of the Year. "We ran a smart race and finished very well. For just my seventh Busch race, I am very happy with our result and hope we can continue this momentum for the rest of the season."

"We knew that Aaron and the #43 Dodge and our Ollie's Bargain Outlet team were going to do well at Dover," said crew chief Joe Shear, "We're thrilled for his first top-20 finish, especially at a track he's never seen before. He's a very good driver and is showing considerable improvement every time he gets behind the wheel."

Sponsor Ollie's Bargain Outlet was also pleased with Aaron's performance, especially in front of a crowd that included customers from their store in Dover, Delaware. "The top-20 performance of the Ollie's Bargain Outlet machine this weekend reaffirmed to us that we made a great choice partnering with the Curb-Agajanian #43 NASCAR Busch Series team and Aaron Fike," said Mark Butler, Chief Executive Officer, Ollie's Bargain Outlet. "Aaron and the team are perfect representatives of Ollie's Bargain Outlet, because, like us, they offer superior performance at a budget far less than their competitors."

NEXT FOR AARON FIKE AND THE #43 OLLIE'S BARGAIN OUTLET CURB-AGAJANIAN DODGE

Weather permitting, Aaron Fike and the #43 Ollie's Bargain Outlet team will be taking part in the open test at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Tuesday, September 28 and Wednesday, September 29, 2004. The team will continue honing their skills and preparing Fike for the "Lowe's presents The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 300" on October 15, 2004.

Aaron looks forward to having more seat-time in the #43 machine. "My confidence level increases every time I get behind the wheel of the Ollie's Bargain Outlet car," he said. "I should learn a lot at this week's testing at Lowe's Motor Speedway."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Paul Menard , Aaron Fike , David Stremme