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Bourque Heads To Lime Rock LAKEVILLE, Connecticut (September 27, 2006) - - Canadian NASCAR driver Pierre Bourque heads to the final event of the 2006 NASCAR BUSCH EAST Series with significant optimism as the series...

Bourque Heads To Lime Rock

LAKEVILLE, Connecticut (September 27, 2006) - - Canadian NASCAR driver Pierre Bourque heads to the final event of the 2006 NASCAR BUSCH EAST Series with significant optimism as the series turns from the short tracks and superspeedways and switches to the tricky road course of Lime Rock Speedway, in picturesque Connecticut.

It's been a solid learning year for the Ottawa, Ontario native, Canada's only full-time NASCAR racer, in this, his rookie season. "From one week to the next," said Bourque, who pilots the No. 10 DRIVING.CANADA.COM, WORKING.COM, and DOSE.CA Chevrolet Monte Carlo for Charlotte-based Fast Track Racing.

"Everything is new. From practice, to qualifying and tense racing conditions, I've experienced it all."

Nevertheless, there is still one goal on Bourque's mind, a top-ten finish. Luckily, Bourque won't head to the road course empty handed. Earlier this season, he competed in three CASCAR (recently purchased from NASCAR) events with two 12th-place finishes to show for his efforts.

Now, Bourque is looking for that extra push that will give him a top-ten this Saturday. "I'm looking forward to Lime Rock," said Bourque, who has spent the 2006 racing season competing in three different racing sanctions. "Road Racing is tough, but fun. It demands so much, but I enjoy the challenge. I had some good runs in the CASCAR series earlier this year, so I'm looking for that momentum to follow into this weekend."

Thankfully, Bourque won't arrive at the track in the dark, as he spent Tuesday testing at Lime Rock Speedway with Fast Track Racing. A bright sunny day awarded the team's on-hand an afternoon of solid testing.

"The track is fast," said Bourque afterwards, "and the driving will be furious during the race. We ran laps in the 58-second bracket and we're happy with our time, given we'd never been to the track before, so we have a benchmark and something to improve on later this week."

"The seat time today was incredibly valuable. We're going to be in the hunt this weekend, it's going to be a great race!"

-credit: br

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