Wednesday, June 23, 2010

N'WIDE: Lepage Edges K-Automotive’s Ponstein For Inaugural Last At Road America

Kevin Lepage scored the 9th last-place finish of his NASCAR Nationwide Series career in Saturday’s inaugural Bucyrus 200 presented by Menards at Road America when his unsponsored #04 Chevrolet fell out with rear end problems after 1 of the race’s 50 laps.

Lepage qualified in the 43rd and final starting spot at a speed of 94.055 mph, but fell out of the race after completing just one lap. Both Andy Ponstein, driving the series leading #92 K-Automotive Motorsports Dodge and Josh Wise in Specialty Racing’s #61 qualified ahead of Lepage and followed the #04 into the garage on the same lap. This snared Lepage the 43rd and final finishing position by virtue of his qualifying run and ended the #92 team’s two-race streak.

*Lepage had not finished last in the series since the 2009 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond, where his Derrike Cope-owned #78 was involved in a three-car crash on the first lap.
*Johnny Davis’ #04 team had not finished last in the Nationwide Series since Mark Green fell out with a vibration 2 laps into the 2009 Aaron’s 312 at Talladega.

43) #04-Kevin Lepage / 1 lap / rear end
42) #92-Andy Ponstein / 1 lap / suspension
41) #61-Josh Wise / 1 lap / brakes
40) #26-Brian Keselowski / 3 laps / transmission
39) #56-Joey Scarallo / 8 laps / brakes

1st) Dennis Setzer (6)
2nd) Michael Annett, Johnny Borneman III, Johnny Chapman, David Gilliland, Mark Green, Brian Keselowski, Kevin Lepage, Danny O’Quinn, Jr., Chrissy Wallace (1)

1st) #92-K-Automotive Motorsports (7)
2nd) #15-Germain Racing, #41-Rick Ware, #70-Mary Louise Miller, #83-John Borneman, Jr., #90-D’Hont Humphrey Motorsports, #91-D’Hont Humphrey Motorsports, #96-K-Automotive Motorsports, #04-Johnny Davis Motorsports (1)

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