Contact: T. Coons fax 704 556-0470 704 552-6933 BRAKE PROBLEM SHUFFLES LEPAGE TO 19TH AT NHIS After just ten laps of the NASCAR Busch Grand National United States Cellular 200 at New Hampshire ...
Contact: T. Coons fax 704 556-0470 704 552-6933
BRAKE PROBLEM SHUFFLES LEPAGE TO 19TH AT NHIS
After just ten laps of the NASCAR Busch Grand National United States Cellular 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway, Kevin Lepage brought the #88 HYPE Monte Carlo to a stop on the front stretch. Lepage had no brakes and came into the pits so Crew Chief C. R. Miller and the crew could make some adjustments to get him back in the race. After going down five laps, Lepage returned to the track and posted several lap times faster than the leaders. With help from the seven additional caution periods, Lepage was able to makeup two of his lost laps, ending the day three laps down in 19th place. "We had a really fast car out there today," commented Lepage after the race. "It's too bad we didn't get enough practice time in to discover the brake problem before the race. This is a brand new car and we had hoped to get several hours of practice in, but Mother Nature had other plans for us - again."
Friday's qualifying session was rained out, so the field was set on NASCAR BGN Owner Points and postmark dates. Forty-two cars were on hand for the 42 starting positions, so no teams were sent home. Lepage, 15th in points, started 14th since Mark Martin was busy winning another Winston Cup race at Talladega.
Lepage carried a special decal on the C-post and on the dash board of the #88 HYPE Monte Carlo. One of Lepage's long time fans, 14-year-old Robert Campbell of Barre, VT, is suffering from a serious illness. Lepage talked with him on Wednesday and promised a surprise for him during Saturday's race. On Wednesday evening, Lepage dedicated his Match Race win to Campbell and his family. Lepage, Randy LaJoie, Tim Fedewa and Jeff Fuller participated in a Match Race as part of the "RACEFEST 97" festivities at Thompson Speedway in Thompson, CT. Lepage held off a late charge by LaJoie to win the event after leading all ten laps.
Associate sponsor, Ryder Integrated Logistics, provided drivers to assist both Roger Miller, transport driver for the #88 team and Bob Tracey, transport driver for Ridling Motorsports second team, the #43 Lance Monte Carlo, with the long drive to New Hampshire. Joe Russell of Marion, VA helped drive the #88 transporter and Gary Tilson of Troutdale, VA assisted with the #43. Both drivers work out of Ryder's Atkins Terminal, Location Code 1270 in Virginia.