Contact: T. Coons fax: 704 556-0470 704 552-6933 September 1, 1997 LEPAGE REMAINS 10TH IN POINTS Kevin Lepage and the Ridling Motor Sports Team were hoping to back up their 12th...
Contact: T. Coons fax: 704 556-0470 704 552-6933 September 1, 1997
LEPAGE REMAINS 10TH IN POINTS
Kevin Lepage and the Ridling Motor Sports Team were hoping to back up their 12th place starting position with another top-ten finish in the Dura-Lube 200 at Darlington Raceway Saturday. However, handling problems left Lepage and the #88 TBA/Ryder Driver Recruiting Chevrolet Monte Carlo with a disappointing 20th place finish in the 24th event of the NASCAR Busch Grand National 30 race schedule. Lepage posted a fast lap time of 30.346 seconds (162.051 mph) to start on the outside of row six. Pole sitter Mark Martin managed to get around Darlington's 1.366 mile oval in 30.032 seconds (163.745 mph). "This is a good qualifying run here at Darlington," commented Lepage. "The crew knows how important it is to start near the front. You never know what will happen at this track. The guys did a great job for me." Lepage ran as high as 8th during the early stages of the race, but handling problems developed during the last half of the race. "We didn't finish as high as we would have liked," stated Lepage after the race. "But we are still 10th in driver positions. We have a chance to move up before the banquet. One thing about this team, they never give up." Lepage has 2723 points, just 30 points behind 9th place Tim Fedewa. Mike McLaughlin is currently in 5th place with 2908 points.