MARTINSVILLE, Va. (March 25, 1998) Kevin Lepage and LJ Racing, seemingly battling an uphill fight to stay alive in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series despite several gutty performances on the race track, concluded a successful test ...
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (March 25, 1998)
Kevin Lepage and LJ Racing, seemingly battling an uphill fight to stay alive in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series despite several gutty performances on the race track, concluded a successful test Wednesday at Martinsville Speedway in preparation for the April 19 Goody's Headache Powder 500.
"The test went pretty well before it got ended by the rain," said crew chief Doug Richert of the two-day effort. "We feel pretty good about coming back in a few weeks."
Richert said the team's unsponsored No. 91 Chevrolet ran laps in the 20.40-second bracket by the end of the test on the .526-mile flat oval. Richert said the team felt like it was at least in the ballpark since last year's Bud Pole Award laps were 20.153 in the spring by Kenny Wallace in a Ford and 20.272 in the fall by Ward Burton in a Pontiac.
"We feel like we are in a position to be real competitive, unless something happens to make the track real fast and we don't pick up along with everyone else," Richert said. "As far as the attitude of the car and how comfortable it was, we made some real progress."
The team was helped out by driver Dick Trickle, who was at the track to test his No. 90 Heilig-Meyers Ford.
Team owners Joe and Shirley Falk are continuing to search for sponsorship to keep their team alive. Although they planned to run no more than five races with associate backing from Pionite, the Falks continue to plow ahead and have made four of the first five races on the schedule.
"If we can ever land a sponsor to secure our situation we will be in great shape," said Richert, who left a well-funded NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series program to join LJ Racing. "Joe and Shirley Falk are working on something (sponsorship) every day. The package we have to offer is a great deal for someone and we're hopeful something will develop." Source: NASCAR Online