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Scott Lynch Looks To Carve A Path Right To The Front Las Vegas...After a two month hiatus, Scott Lynch is looking to carve a path right to the front of the field at Round 2 of the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series at Mesa Marin...

Scott Lynch Looks To Carve A Path Right To The Front

Las Vegas...After a two month hiatus, Scott Lynch is looking to carve a path right to the front of the field at Round 2 of the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series at Mesa Marin Speedway in Bakersfield, Calif., Saturday evening, March 27.

"I can't wait to get behind the wheel of my 08 Yerf-Dog/Orleans Racing Dodge," says Lynch. "Two months without a race is really a long time for me and I'm ready to get going. We had a mechanical problem at the season opener and finished 27th, so we've got some ground to make up, but it shouldn't be a problem. In fact in 2001, two-time NASCAR Winston West Champions, Brendan Gaughan and Orleans Racing took 25th at Round 1 and went on to take the title. A top finish this weekend will serve to get us on the path to victory and that's precisely what we plan to do."

Extremely familiar with the .5-mile Mesa Marin paved oval, Lynch, the reigning NASCAR Grand National Division West Series Champion, put his Yerf-Dog Dodge in fourth place last year. "Mesa Marin is definitely a great track, both for the fans and the competitors. It's good old fashioned short track racing from start to finish," smiles Lynch. "You can run both high and low and that allows for good passing and lots of wheel-to-wheel action."

Extremely skilled behind the wheel, Lynch is well-versed on what it takes to win. Not only do you need a well-prepped vehicle and a great crew chief, but you need to exercise extreme patience, especially at a track like Mesa Marin," continues Lynch. "There's lots of bumping and banging and you have to be careful to stay out of trouble. A lapse in concentration or a wrong move can easily end your day and we definitely don't want that to happen." Page 2

Running 150 Laps for a total of 75 miles, competitors will qualify on Saturday afternoon at 4:30 PM. "Per usual, a good qualifying position can make a lot of difference in how you finish," says Lynch. "We are using the same chassis, No. 18, that we ran last year at Evergreen Speedway and Tri-City Raceway. We tested a couple of weeks ago and were definitely pleased with the results. Also, Mesa Marin is our crew chief Charlie Wilson's home track and that helps a lot when it comes to having the right set-up. His knowledge should help give us that extra edge that often means the difference between winning and losing. All-in-all, we are definitely ready to give Yerf-Dog and Dodge their first win of the 2004 season.

Racing action for the Lucas Oil 150 gets underway at Mesa Marin Raceway at 8 PM. SPEED TV will cover the event scheduled to air April 3 at 9:00 AM ET.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Brendan Gaughan , Scott Lynch