Lepage to drive in testing and at Texas

Morgan-McClure Motorsports will return to the location of its last win (4-20-98) to test on Tuesday and Wednesday. Once the test is completed at Martinsville, they will prepare for battle on the 1.5 mile oval located in Fort Worth,...

Morgan-McClure Motorsports will return to the location of its last win (4-20-98) to test on Tuesday and Wednesday. Once the test is completed at Martinsville, they will prepare for battle on the 1.5 mile oval located in Fort Worth, Texas.

Kevin Lepage will pilot the No.4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo during the upcoming test session and the Harrah's 500 NASCAR Winston Cup event to be held on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. Following an impressive run to the front at Bristol, Lepage, Larry McClure, David Ifft and the entire crew are ready to try their luck in the Lonestar State.

Lepage will try to pull off a double-duty weekend in Texas, as he attempts to qualify for both the Busch Grand National event and the Winston Cup event. With BGN qualifying taking place on Thursday, the schedule will provide little conflict to participate in both events.

Kevin Lepage, driver No.4 KODAK MAX Film Monte Carlo for Texas:

"I am pleased to go to Texas with Morgan-McClure Motorsports. We will continue to build on the relationship we started last weekend in Bristol.

"I was in Abingdon, Va., on Monday at the race shop working with the guys and getting the seats fitted. You know how drivers are about that comfort level in a race car. We talked about how well things worked out on Sunday. Everyone communicated great. That is a huge step in the right direction.

"We rebounded from some obstacles during the race and went away happy with a top-15 finish. The performance of the Kodak race team is a testimony to how they never give up, they keep digging and make the best out of a potentially bad situation.

"I really like racing at Texas. It reminds me some of Charlotte or Atlanta, or maybe a combination of both. For some reason, I excel at that type of track. We had good runs going the past few visits to Texas. For two years, I got caught up in wrecks. Last year, I started second and finished fifth. We led a few laps. So it will be a good opportunity to be able to go race the No. 4 KODAK MAX Monte Carlo.

"This is not a new situation for me. I have been here before. You just have to step in and learn what the owner wants and what the crew chief wants. In turn, they have to learn what a driver wants. This was an easy deal to step into. All of us communicated really well.

"I will participate in both events at Texas. The way the Busch Grand National schedule is set-up will not conflict with the Winston Cup schedule. BGN qualifies on Thursday, happy hour is on Friday, then we have Winston Cup happy hour prior to the Busch race on Saturday. Gaining experience in the BGN race can help boost results for the Winston Cup effort.

"My BGN sponsor's home offices are located out there, so this is something that has been planned. We will be debuting a new paint scheme on the BGN car, with mini-corn dogs as the primary focus.

"Being able to work with Larry and all of the players at Morgan-McClure is a neat deal. We will go to Texas with the same attitude as Bristol. Larry is a fierce competitor. I know they will give me 110 percent to go do the best job I can do. We will try to bring the No. 4 Monte Carlo home in the best position possible. Beyond that I do not know. If we test well at Martinsville this week, then maybe I can drive there, also."

Lepage stats at Texas Motor Speedway for past three years:


2000--St. 2nd/Fn.5th - lead 17 laps
1999--St. 40th/Fn. 41st-accident
1998--St. 16th/Fn. 37th-accident

-MMM

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Drivers Kevin Lepage