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Jerry Marquis Spun Out Of Top Ten At Lime Rock; Finishes Eleventh Lime Rock, Conn. (August 18, 2007) - Jerry Marquis was on his way to a top-ten finish at Lime Rock Park, the only road course on the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East ...

Jerry Marquis Spun Out Of Top Ten At Lime Rock; Finishes Eleventh

Lime Rock, Conn. (August 18, 2007) - Jerry Marquis was on his way to a top-ten finish at Lime Rock Park, the only road course on the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch East Series schedule, until contact with another competitor sent him spinning off the track with just one-third of the race distance still to go. He fell back to nineteenth, but recovered to finish 11th in the No. 35 Waste Management Recycle America Dodge Charger.

Marquis turned laps good enough for seventh-fastest in the first practice session and tenth quickest in the second. Qualifying didn't go as well as he timed in half a second slower than his best practice lap, but that was still good enough for twelfth place.

"We lost some time, but we still have a decent place to start the race from," the Broad Brook, Connecticut driver said. It's important to have good track position and to be in front of trouble, and I think we'll be able to do that with where we're starting. Waste Management Recycle America is going to have a lot of people here for the race so we should give them something to cheer about."

185 employees and guests of Waste Management Recycle America were treated to a hospitality event at Lime Rock Park on Saturday. They saw Marquis put their car into the top ten just four laps into the event until he gave up that position on lap 20 of 82 when he made a required pit stop for gas.

The race was stopped during the middle of green-flag pit stops and because the track's electronic scoring loop did not extend all the way into Marquis' pit stall, he was not scored for the lap that he did pit. It took some time for NASCAR scoring to determine that he was indeed on the lead lap, and he restarted the race in third place.

Marquis survived a tangle in the first turn after a lap 49 restart that shuffled him back to eight place. Two laps later, another driver hit the No. 35 Dodge exiting Big Bend and spun it into the grass. Marquis rejoined the race at the rear of the field, but spent the remaining thirty laps passing car after car on his way back to the top ten, winding up one position short.

"We were just trying to fight for position and stuff, and wound up getting turned around," he said after the race. "It's not exactly what you want to have happen to you. They had a lot of cautions and stuff, and that didn't help us trying to get back to where we should have been. We had a good car up until that point. We weren't quite right with the gearing, which hurt us when it came time for shifting, so we'll have to try something a little different next time and see what happens.

"We stayed on the lead lap, stayed on the race track almost the whole time, but sometimes I guess the other guys need to learn that they have to give each other a little room once in a while," he continued.

-credit: jm/ajc

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