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Michigan Pre-Race Report

JUNE 20, 2004

Jasper Engines and Transmissions Returns as Primary Sponsor for Brendan Gaughan and No. 77 Penske-Jasper Dodge: JET will be the primary sponsor of the No. 77 Penske-Jasper Racing Dodge for the third time this year.

“Well, the other two Jasper Engines and Transmissions races I have run were not that great!” Gaughan said. “I am hoping since we are heading to Michigan Speedway that I will give a better showing for everyone at Jasper. I figure that after 15 years of participating in NASCAR’s upper ranks, Jasper is due some great finishes.”

Gaughan Knows His Way to Victory Lane at Michigan Speedway: Gaughan won the NASCAR Truck Series event hosted at Michigan Speedway in July 2003.

“I would love nothing more than a repeat performance in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series,” Gaughan said. “As my dad used to tell me though, ‘in order to finish first, you must first finish.’”

Shane Wilson Hopes for a Repeat of California Performance: Wilson says Michigan is just like California Speedway where Gaughan qualified fifth and finished sixth earlier this year.

“Michigan is just what we need right now,” Wilson said. “The last few weeks have been rough on us, but I think heading to a track where Brendan has a victory can give us a confidence boost. Not to mention the comparisons to California Speedway, where we had one of the best races of our season so far.”

Wilson Says the Penske-Jasper Racing Team Needs a Confidence Booster Right Now:

“The Penske-Jasper Racing team is about as competitive as they come. Right now though, no one is having fun. We need a confidence booster. If nothing else, it will help the guys remember that we are still building as a team. No one, from Mr. [Roger] Penske to Mr. [Doug] Bawel expected us to come out of the box and win the first few races. As racers, each team member brought that pressure on personally. We need to get back to basics and work on improvements weekly, and we will see our luck improve.”

Wilson and Crew Look Forward to Racing Their First Penske Chassis at Chicagoland Speedway in July: Gaughan was supposed to run the first Penske chassis built specifically for the Penske-Jasper Racing team, PRS-77, at Michigan. Due to assembly schedules, chassis PRS-77 is rescheduled to make its debut at Chicagoland.

“Chicagoland Speedway will be our first race with a Penske chassis,” Wilson said. “Brendan drove a Penske chassis at Martinsville, but it was what some would consider a hand-me-down. No. 77 is ours. It was built for Brendan to race. Right now, we are running all Hopkins chassis. It will be interesting to see how close the 2, 12 and 77 notes might be following Chicago.”

Equipment: Brendan Gaughan will race chassis No. 25 at Michigan Speedway. The No. 77 Kodak Racing team raced this same chassis at Atlanta Motor Speedway earlier this year (Start 25th/Finish 33rd).

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