BUSCH: Dover: News of Note

NEWS OF NOTE * Brewco tabs Lepage... Kevin Lepage, who finished sixth in last week's CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 substituting for injured Jeff Purvis, is slated to continue as the driver of the No. 37 Timber Wolf Chevrolet for Brewco Motorsports for...


* Brewco tabs Lepage... Kevin Lepage, who finished sixth in last week's CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 substituting for injured Jeff Purvis, is slated to continue as the driver of the No. 37 Timber Wolf Chevrolet for Brewco Motorsports for the next three NASCAR Busch Series events. He will drive in Saturday's MBNA Platinum 200 as well as at Nashville (June 8) and Kentucky (June 15). Purvis, who sustained multiple injuries from an accident in the May 19 event at Nazareth Speedway, was released from Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pa. last week and is scheduled to begin rehabilitation this week, according to team spokesperson Dennis Punch. Punch said that Purvis' condition continues to improve.

* Hometown debut... Nick Woodward, the 2000 national championship runner-up in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Presented by Dodge, is scheduled to make his NASCAR Busch Series career debut this weekend in the No. 49 Ford for owner Jay Robinson. "It's going to be really exciting to drive my first Busch race so close to my hometown," said Woodward, who grew up in Preston, Maryland. "I started out by racing go-karts when I was nine years old and never have had the chance to compete at Dover. I've always wanted to race there, and now I'll get the opportunity to do so with plenty of friends and family on hand." Woodward, 22, finished runner-up for the 2000 national title, but earned the Atlantic Seaboard Region crown as well as track titles at Southampton Motor Speedway and Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway. Last season, he progressed to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, where he made two starts and had a top finish of 11th at Indianapolis. His last competitive start came April 27 at South Boston, where he finished third in a late-model event.

* Etc.... Three Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidates have won Bud Pole Awards this season. Shane Hmiel (No. 47 Thomas Pacconi Classics Chevrolet) paces the group with two poles (Nashville, New Hampshire), which places him in a tie for the series lead. The other rookies with Bud Pole Awards are Scott Riggs (No. 10 Nestle Nesquik Ford) at Bristol and Johnny Sauter (No. 2 ACDelco Chevrolet) at Talladega.... No driver has ever won the MBNA Platinum 200 from the pole. The only driver ever to win a NASCAR Busch Series event from the pole at Dover was Morgan Shepherd in the second race of 1986.... David Green, the 1994 NASCAR Busch Series champion, will be subbing for Johnny Benson this weekend in the No. 31 Whelen Chevrolet for Marsh Racing. Green will be making his second start for the team after stepping in at New Hampshire for Benson and finishing 33rd. Benson has been out of his full-time NASCAR Winston Cup Series ride and limited-schedule NSACAR Busch Series seat since sustaining a broken rib and two additional cracked ribs in a May 3 accident in the NASCAR Busch Series event at Richmond.


* Todd Bodine (No. 92 Excedrin Chevrolet) is the all-time NASCAR Busch Series victory leader at Dover with three, including two in this event (1991,' 93). He also ranks first at Dover for career top-five finishes (7), and second in top 10s (9) and races led (7).

* Randy LaJoie (No. 7 Kleenex/Nortel Networks Chevrolet) swept the NASCAR Busch Series events at Dover in 1996. He is tied for second for career top-10 finishes at Dover (9), which includes five among the top five.

* Jimmy Spencer (No. 1 Yellow Chevrolet) and Tony Raines (No. 33 Bayer Women's Chevrolet) are the only drivers from last season to post top-10 performances in both Dover events. Spencer won the MBNA Platinum 200 and finished third in the fall event; Raines was 10th in the MBNA Platinum 200 and seventh in the fall.


* "Dover is one of my favorite tracks, if not my favorite, on the entire circuit. You've got to be very aggressive on the throttle. The g-forces are serious because of the banking. It's a big Bristol - multiplied by 80 mph." - Randy LaJoie (No. 7 Kleenex/Nortel Networks Chevrolet).

* "Dover is one of the wildest places we race at. The straights are banked more than the corners at most other tracks we race at. It's a different feeling racing there. You carry a lot of speed into the corner. You're actually driving downhill into the banking." - Jack Sprague (No. 24 NetZero Chevrolet).


* Ricky Rudd captured the second NASCAR Busch Series race at Dover, winning the Sportsman 200 in 1983. It was the first and only NASCAR Busch Series victory for Rudd.


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Drivers Todd Bodine , Jimmy Spencer , Kevin Lepage , Johnny Benson , Tony Raines , Nick Woodward , Jeff Purvis , David Green , Scott Riggs , Shane Hmiel , Johnny Sauter