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Jerry Marquis Completes Busch East Season With Twelfth Place Dover Finish Dover, Del. (Sept. 21, 2007) - Jerry Marquis joined NDS Motorsports halfway through the 2007 NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series season. In the six races he...

Jerry Marquis Completes Busch East Season With Twelfth Place Dover Finish

Dover, Del. (Sept. 21, 2007) - Jerry Marquis joined NDS Motorsports halfway through the 2007 NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series season. In the six races he ran in the No. 35 Waste Management Recycle America car, he scored the fifth-highest point total. That success concluded with a twelfth-place finish in the series' final race of the year, held Friday afternoon at Dover International Speedway.

Marquis, who last raced at Dover in 2005, was at Dover as part of a two-car team as Steve Park joined NDS Motorsports for a one-race deal. Marquis ran 21st fastest in Thursday afternoon's practice and could only improve to twentieth in qualifying, but remained optimistic about his chances in the race.

For the first long green-flag run of the race, Marquis followed his teammate through the field to run sixteenth when the first caution came out, locking him on the lead lap. Through good pit strategy, he ran as high as third place as the race approached its halfway point. He gave up that position to make another stop, and the team continued working on the car until declaring him set to run to the race's finish after a final stop on lap 116.

Marquis was running in the top ten at the final restart of the race, which came with nine laps to go, but in the last couple of laps the car slowed and he was forced to settle for a twelfth-place finish.

"We had a top ten car, but with just a couple laps to go, something happened to the motor or we ran out of gas," the Broad Brook, Connecticut driver said after the race.

Marquis finished the Busch East season with three top-ten finishes in just six races.

"The guys did a great job in the pits today, and my spotter did an awesome job all day keeping me out of trouble," he said. "It was just one of those days where we started out a little behind and we never stopped working on it. We have potential, and we're working towards fulfilling it. We made all kinds of adjustments all day long, and we tried changing some things just to see how they'd affect the car. It worked better as the day went on and we kept getting faster, to the point where we were running the same pace as the leaders.

"We fought some problems all day long, but the Waste Management Recycle America team did a great job," Marquis continued. "They put two cars together to run this race and even getting one car to run here is a big undertaking, to do two is pretty impressive. We got twelfth, and I'm happy with it."

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