Lepage Gets Shot In BAM Dodge

Kevin Lepage becomes the latest driver to get behind the wheel of the No. 49 BAM Racing Dodge, driving the car this weekend at Dover International Speedway.

Lepage will compete in the MBNA All-American Heroes 400 as a substitute for Derrike Cope, who was injured in a Busch Series wreck last weekend at Richmond.

If he makes the field, it will be Lepage’s third Winston Cup race of the season. He’s currently employed as the injury replacement for Jeff Purvis in the Busch Series.

“Kevin Lepage has always shown an ability to adjust quickly and to drive fast,” team owner Beth Ann Morgenthau said. “He has worked successfully with (crew chief) Scott Eggleston before, and that should certainly help us as he begins work with a brand new team. We think he will continue doing what he has done in the past, and give the BAM Racing Dodge team a tremendous effort.”

Lepage will need a tremendous effort, for the BAM team has struggled in its first season. Shawna Robinson drove the car in eight races, with a best finish of 24th in the Daytona 500. Ron Hornaday tried to make three races, but he qualified for only one.

Cope drove the No. 49 at Michigan and Bristol and ran well but didn’t finish in either.

BAM Racing hasn’t finished a race since Robinson was 36th at Texas Motor Speedway in April, a span of eight races for the team.

“We’ve said all along that we are building a team here, and we will do what we need to do to be successful,” Morgenthau said. “We’ve made progress. We’re not where we want to be yet but we feel we’re headed in the right direction. We are grateful to Kevin Lepage for helping us with that at Dover.”

Lepage was a full-time Cup driver for Roush Racing in 1999 and 2000, but Roush folded that team. He competed in 28 races last year between two teams.

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