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Archive for Sunday, July 29, 2001

Purvis rolls in NAPA 250

Green nearly 16 seconds behind

July 29, 2001

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— Jeff Purvis ran away with the NAPA AutoCare 250 on Saturday, beating Jeff Green by 15.782 seconds in the Busch Series race at Pikes Peak International Raceway.

Purvis, winning for the first time since August 1996 at Michigan, was making his second start for Richard Childress Racing. He lost his regular ride four weeks ago when Joe Gibbs Racing dropped its second Busch Series team.

"That was one great race car right there," Purvis said of the No. 21 Chevrolet. "I just have to thank Richard Childress for giving me a chance. I knew this team was good, but didn't know they were that damn good.

"Jeff Purvis needed to win and my kids back home needed a win. My family doesn't get to see much of me and I was beginning to wonder about my career, where it was going."

Purvis, 42, who also won at Richmond in 1996, led 121 of the last 124 laps on the mile oval. After retaking the lead for good on lap 175 following his final pit stop, Purvis pulled away for the largest margin of victory this year.

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