Hillenburg to Drive #91 at Loudon

Hillenburg to drive No. 91 at Loudon MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 7, 1998) LJ Racing team owner Joe Falk has announced that Andy Hillenburg will pilot the team's No. 91 Chevrolet this weekend in the Jiffy Lube 300 at New Hampshire International ...

Hillenburg to drive No. 91 at Loudon

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 7, 1998) LJ Racing team owner Joe Falk has announced that Andy Hillenburg will pilot the team's No. 91 Chevrolet this weekend in the Jiffy Lube 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway, while Invinca-Shield has signed a one-race sponsorship with the team.

"Andy has some Busch North experience at Loudon, and he is eager to race," Falk said of the driver who originally was signed to drive in the postponed Pepsi 400, which was scheduled last weekend at Daytona International Speedway. "The entire race team is looking forward to Loudon, and working with Andy."

Invinca-Shield, based in Elkin, N.C., manufactures an invisible auto and truck bra, used on NASCAR Winston Cup Series cars, and available for passenger and industrial automotive use.

"We are happy to showcase a product that we use ourselves, and hope the one-race sponsorship will lead to a future association with Daniel Bauguess, president of Invinca-Shield," Falk said.

Falk's team, which has been a classic band of overachievers all season, qualifying for all but two of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series races it's attempted while other highly-sponsored teams have failed, will continue to try to reassemble the cohesive unit it had achieved with former driver Kevin Lepage.

Lepage had driven the No. 91 Chevrolet through Bud Qualifying for the Save Mart/Kragen 350 at Sears Point Raceway on June 27. Just prior to that race, Lepage had signed a letter of intent to drive for Roush Racing. When the team was forced to take a provisional starting position at Sears Point, Falk elected to put road racer Tommy Kendall in the car instead of Lepage, who admitted his lack of road racing experience before the event.

After the substitution was made, Lepage elected to leave the team on the spot. Falk hired Hillenburg, the owner of the FasTrack Driving School and a two-time winner of the Daytona ARCA 200 Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series race, to run the Pepsi 400. The event was rescheduled to Oct. 17 due to "wildfires" plaguing the Daytona Beach, Fla., area.

On Tuesday he said his team was still planning to run the full NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule while it continues to search for sponsorship, and a full-time driver.

"We're looking to get somebody in the car permanently," said Falk of the necessity of going race-to-race for the short term. "We're looking forward to working with Andy this weekend and seeing how we can do. We need to see how we get along and how we can communicate. That is such a big deal in having success at this sport, and a lot of people overlook how important that really is."

Falk reiterated that a number of drivers had expressed an interest in driving the cars he and his wife, Shirley, own.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kevin Lepage , Andy Hillenburg , Tommy Kendall