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ROGELIO LOPEZ EARNS A TOP-5 FINISH IN HIS FIRST RACE AT GREENVILLE-PICKENS SPEEDWAY GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 29, 2007) - Rookie Rogelio Lopez earned a Top-5 finish this Saturday at the Greenville-Pickens Speedway (0.500 mile), during the...

ROGELIO LOPEZ EARNS A TOP-5 FINISH IN HIS FIRST RACE AT GREENVILLE-PICKENS SPEEDWAY

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 29, 2007) - Rookie Rogelio Lopez earned a Top-5 finish this Saturday at the Greenville-Pickens Speedway (0.500 mile), during the season opener of the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series.

In practice, Lopez was eighth fastest, while in qualifying he set the 11th best time. Eventually, in his first race he finished fifth, a good result in his first full season in the series.

I'm really happy because during practice the car had a good performance as we wanted. The team has been working very hard and has had a very busy weekend.

In practice we were in the Top-10 and we were hoping to qualify further in the front. However, I made a mistake exiting Turn 4. I had a car to be in the Top-3 and maybe to grab the pole. Knowing that we had a well-prepared car for the race, we had good expectations.

During the race, we were gaining positions until grabbing the fifth spot. We had a good race, an intelligent race. I'm happy after this Top-5 in the series, but we have to keep working hard because the series is very competitive and we have to face the best teams in NASCAR such as Joe Gibbs Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, Dale Earnhardt Inc., we have to put in a lot of effort to achieve better results.

We did not have problems to manage the traffic, the car always had a good performance and we were always in the Top-5 group. I think we did a good job this race.

There were 42 drivers attempting to qualify and 30 cars started the race.

-credit: rt/rl

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Rogelio Lopez
Teams Hendrick Motorsports