Contact: T. Coons 704 552-6933 April 18, 1997 LEPAGE QUALIFIES SECOND AT NASHVILLE Kevin Lepage, driver of the ...
Contact: T. Coons 704 552-6933 April 18, 1997
LEPAGE QUALIFIES SECOND AT NASHVILLE
Kevin Lepage, driver of the #88 Hype Chevy grabbed the outside pole for Saturday's NASCAR Busch Grand National BellSouth Mobility/Opryland 320 at Nashville Speedway. Lepage's time of 19.544 seconds (109.783 mph) around the 0.596 mile track was just under three one-hundredths shy of pole setter Mike McLaughlin's time of 19.517 seconds (109,935 mph). "It sure feels great to be back," commented Lepage after qualifying. "This team refuses to give up. It's a testament to the crew that they have continued to work so hard week after week. We had a slow start this year, but the guys on this team just keep working hard every week. It is now beginning to show." Lepage's previous top qualifying run this season came at Rockingham when he qualified seventh for the Goodwrench Service 200 in February. Prior to today's second place qualifying time, Lepage's average starting position was 18th. "We finally have our program back on track," stated team owner David Ridling. "This crew has been together for a while and they just never give up. I'm really proud of them. They have worked hard week end and week out. This long stretch of racing every weekend has taken its toll on everyone, but this crew comes back every Monday morning anxious to get ready for the next race." This is the second time Lepage has started on the outside pole since joining the Ridling Motorsports team last spring. In his first race as driver of the #88 Chevy, Lepage qualified second for the NASCAR BGN race in Hickory last April. "Starting near the front is important here at Nashville," commented Crew Chief C. R. Miller. "Kevin and the crew really worked together to get us up front. This is a real morale builder. Anytime you can qualify in the top ten in this series, you know the whole team is working well together. This crew has a lot to be proud of today."