BUSCH: Memphis: Ashton Lewis preview

CONCORD, NC (October 15, 2002)-- Ashton Lewis, Jr. is entering the Sam's Town 250 weekend at Memphis Motorsports Park with mixed emotions. He performs very well on tracks this size and configuration (.75 mile tri-oval), but he will have a brand...

CONCORD, NC (October 15, 2002)-- Ashton Lewis, Jr. is entering the Sam's Town 250 weekend at Memphis Motorsports Park with mixed emotions. He performs very well on tracks this size and configuration (.75 mile tri-oval), but he will have a brand new race car at this event.

"Last year we had a really great car at Memphis. We had to start by points, which meant we started 24th. We finished 9th, but actually had a stronger car than the finish shows."

"We are taking a brand new short track car that we built to Memphis. After our experience (with a new car) last weekend, I am a little bit leery about that, but I think this one will work out fine."

The Civil Air Patrol Chevrolet racing team had a brand new car at Lowe's Motor Speedway for last weekends event, and it took them a little while to find the setup that worked best. Unfortunately, when they did find the setup they were looking for, Lewis was caught up in a wreck and ended up losing 40 laps. Lewis had worked his was up to 15th from a 36th place starting position when the wreck occurred.

Fans who would like to meet Ashton Lewis, Jr. will have the opportunity to do so on Thursday, October 17th at the"Bash on Beale" event. Lewis will be on hand, along with cadets from the Civil Air Patrol, from 7:15 until 8:00 pm. For those fans that can not attend the"Bash on Beale" Lewis will be signing autographs at the souvenir trailer which sells Civil Air Patrol Racing merchandise on Saturday morning from 9:00-- 9:30 am.

Qualifying for the Sam's Town 250 will be held on Friday at 1:00 pm ET. The race will be aired live Saturday, October 19th, starting at 1:30 pm ET on both NBC and MRN. The next event is the Aaron's 312 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on October 26th.

Civil Air Patrol, the official Air Force Auxiliary, is a nonprofit organization with over 61,000 members nationwide. It performs more than 85% of inland search and rescue missions tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center in the continental United States. Volunteers also take a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to the over 25,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs.

On the Web: www.capnhq.gov www.capraceteam.com

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
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