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Aaron Fike and #43 Ollie's Bargain Outlet Curb-Agajanian Involved In Lap 81 Incident

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KANSAS CITY, KS (October 9, 2004) -- In today's "Mr. Goodcents 300" NASCAR Busch Series event at Kansas Speedway, Aaron Fike and the #43 Ollie's Bargain Outlet Curb-Agajanian Dodge was involved in a race track incident on lap 81. #12 Tim Fedewa spun in front of #5 Kyle Busch, #58 Brent Sherman tried to avoid the accident and checked up, but Aaron, who's brakes failed, hit the #58. Aaron emerged from the car unscathed, but the #43 had to retire from the event.

Fike had been up to 12th place and had passed pole-sitter #11 Paul Menard on lap 18. "The car was running really well and I was able to move up from 22nd to 12th with ease," said Aaron. "Unfortunately the wreck happened in front of me, and with no brakes I had no place to go. I feel bad for the team, as they gave me a great car."

Crew chief Joe Shear felt that Aaron and the team could have been solid contenders in today's 200 lap race. "I guess that's racing," he said. "We were flat out kicking butt today and we were sure to have a great finish, but these things happen. I do know this, however -- we're ready for Charlotte now. We have a lot to prove out there."

About Aaron Fike

A two-time National Midget Driver of the Year, Aaron's racing resume reads like a veteran's. Like NASCAR Nextel Cup stars Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne, Aaron started his professional racing career in open wheel cars. He met with considerable success, winning more than 20 feature races in United States Auto Club (USAC) Midgets, Sprint Cars, and the premier Silver Crown Series. In 2001, Aaron broke Jeff Gordon's record and became the youngest driver ever to win in a Silver Crown Series race.


Friday night October 15th the team will be running at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. Aaron had previously had a successful test at this venue September 29th.

"We're looking forward to returning to Charlotte," said Aaron. "I really think that we're going to be competitive there, as our test numbers last month showed."


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Drivers Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Kasey Kahne , Brent Sherman , Paul Menard , Aaron Fike , Kyle Busch