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Fike Scores Top Finish of the Season in His ...

Fike Scores Top Finish of the Season in His #43 Curb Records Dodge With 15th Place in NASCAR Busch Series Pepsi 300 at Nashville

LEBANON, Tenn. (Saturday, April 15, 2006) -- Aaron Fike and the #43 Curb Agajanian Performance Group Dodge team celebrated "43 Years of History-Making Music" just a stone's throw from Nashville-based primary sponsor Curb Records with a 15th--place finish in today's NASCAR Busch Series Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway.

With team co-owner and Nashville-area resident Mike Curb looking on, Fike started the day with a top-24 qualifying run for this afternoon's 225-lap race around the 1.33-mile concrete tri-oval. He got around several cars when the race went green and worked his way into the top-20 by the second lap. Fike was 18th when he pitted on Lap 27 for the first of three fuel-and-tire stops on the day, gained a position thanks to quick work by the CAPG crew, and made his way up to 16th some 10 laps later.

Fike's second stop came on Lap 92 under yellow with only a slight brake adjustment, sending him back out in 18th, and by Lap 102 he worked his way inside the top-15 for most of the rest of the day. Fike ran as high as ninth on Lap 129, battled with several out-of-sequence cars that got by him on fresher tires, and ultimately he brought home his first top-15 finish of the season. His previous best this season was 18th at Bristol three weeks ago.

Next up for the NBS tour is next Friday night's Bashas' Supermarkets 200 on the Phoenix International Raceway mile tri-oval.

AARON FIKE

"I think it was a feel-good day all the way around for the Curb Records team. Mike (Curb) came out and we had several guests from the music industry, and I think we gave them a pretty decent show. The guys had some really good pit stops today. I don't think we lost a spot on any of our three stops. We're starting to gel in that respect. The CAPG Dodge was really solid all day. I think if we would've made some changes for the final two runs, we might have had a top-10 finish. But the car was so good, for the most part, I was afraid to do anything that would've made it worse. I think I could've gotten around at least a couple of the cars I was chasing at the end. But there, too, I think we needed to play it safe today and bring home a solid top-15 finish rather than risk losing the sure points that come with it. We need a bunch of these kinds of finishes in a row to work our way up in the points where I feel we belong. Today was definitely a step in the right direction."

-capg

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Aaron Fike