Lepage In Ultra Good Mood
October 4, 2001 | 12:00 A.M. EST
Silly Season hit full stride this week with the announcement of several driver moves. Yet another one – albeit temporary – happened Thursday morning as RacingOne learned at approximately 10:50 a.m. that Kevin Lepage would be the driver of Ultra Motorsports’ No. 7 NationsRent Taurus for Sunday’s UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
Scott Lepage, co-crew chief of the No. 7 Ford, said Kevin Lepage’s deal with Ultra Motorsports would be a “race-to-race thing.” Kevin Lepage was released as the driver of the No. 4 Kodak Chevy at Morgan-McClure Motorsports on Monday evening.
It was announced Wednesday evening that Wallace had gotten out of his contract at Ultra Motorsports and will drive the No. 12 Mobil 1 Ford at Penske Racing for the remainder of the season, joining brother Rusty Wallace.
Lepage, who continues to race his own car in the NASCAR Busch Series, was hired as a “temporary” driver by Morgan-McClure Motorsports owner Larry McClure back in March to replace the released Robby Gordon. Lepage made 22 Winston Cup starts in the No. 4 Kodak Chevy without a Top-10 finish.
Lepage’s best finish was an 11th-place run at Texas back in April. He finished 13th in last Sunday’s inaugural Protection One 400 at Kansas Speedway before he was released in favor of Bobby Hamilton Jr., who will participate in seven of the remaining eight races in the No. 4 Chevy.
Mike Skinner was announced as the full-time driver of the No. 4 Chevy, beginning in 2002, on Tuesday morning.
Lepage becomes the fourth different driver in the No. 7 Ford this year. Wallace made 22 starts in the car, while Robby Gordon and Ted Musgrave also got seat time. Gordon recorded the team’s best finish – second in the Save Mart 350 at Sears Point Raceway – in June.
Mayfield is not on the entry list for Sunday’s UAW-GM Quality 500.