BUSCH: Lepage Watkins Glen report

Contact: T. Coons fax 704 556-0470 704 552-6933 July 1, 1997 LEPAGE ACHIEVES GOAL FOR WGI Kevin Lepage and the Ridling Motorsports Team came away from the NASCAR Busch Grand National Lysol 200...

Contact: T. Coons fax 704 556-0470 704 552-6933 July 1, 1997 LEPAGE ACHIEVES GOAL FOR WGI

Kevin Lepage and the Ridling Motorsports Team came away from the NASCAR Busch Grand National Lysol 200 at Watkins Glen with a 12th place finish. "We did what we set out to accomplish this weekend," commented Lepage after the race. "We wanted to finish on the lead lap and bring the #88 HYPE/Ryder Driver Recruiting Chevrolet Monte Carlo home in one piece. We did that and we moved up in points. We are now tied with Mike McLaughlin for 6th place. We are just 25 points behind Buckshot (Jones) who is in 5th place." Watkins Glen International used the European Style Qualifying to set the field for the 82 lap race around the 2.45 mile road course. The forty-seven cars on hand were divided into eight groups for qualifying. Lepage posted a fast lap of 1:17.531 (113.761 mph). Joe Nemechek set a new track record for the BGN series with a time of 1:15.951 (116.128 mph). Lepage's time placed the #88 HYPE/Ryder Driver Recruiting Chevrolet Monte Carlo 14th on the starting grid. Lepage had been running as high at 8th during the race, but had a jack problem during a pit stop. "That put us behind a little," said Crew Chief C. R. Miller. "But Kevin did a great job out there. He stayed out of trouble on the track which will make it easier on the guys when we get back to the shop." The next stop on the NASCAR BGN schedule is in Milwaukee for the Sears Auto Center 250 on Sunday, July 6. "We have done fairly well at Milwaukee in the past," stated Lepage. "Last year we finished 12th. This year our plan is to finish in the top-10. I think we can realistically have a top-5 finish this year." Lepage, along with several other NASCAR BGN and Craftsman Truck series drivers, will sign autographs at the Solid Gold McDonald's in Greenfield, WI on Friday, July 4, from 6 until 8 p.m.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Joe Nemechek , Kevin Lepage , Mike McLaughlin