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 JDavisMotorsports.com 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.
STATS AND FACTS
*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.
THE BOTTOM FIVE
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
N’WIDE DRIVER RANKINGS
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)
N’WIDE TEAM RANKINGS
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)