Marc Breuers recorded his first Barber Dodge Pro Series win today, in an exciting race with Rafael Sperafico and A.J. Allmendinger. The three drivers had a great battle over the final third of the race, but Breuers held on for the win.
Marc Breuers recorded his first Barber Dodge Pro Series win today, in an exciting race with Rafael Sperafico and A.J. Allmendinger. The three drivers had a great battle over the final third of the race, but Breuers held on for the win. Allmendinger clinched the 2002 Barber Pro Series Championship with his third-place finish, and Breuers' win helped him strengthen his hold on second place in points over Sperafico and Davy Cook (who finished seventh today.)
Polesitter Christian Szymczak took the lead on the start with Julio Campos in second, Breuers in third and Allmendinger fourth. On lap two, Breuers passed Campos and began harassing Szymczak for the lead. Meanwhile, the top nine cars took off in a nose-to-tail battle, Szymczak, Breuers and Campos leading Allmendinger, Sperafico, Dan Di Leo, Leonardo Maia, Josh Rehm and Cook.
On lap 4, Sperafico got around Allmendinger under braking for Mid-Ohio's esses. A lap later, Cook passed Maia for seventh, having taken 8th from Rehm a lap earlier. On lap 9, the battle up front picked up, as Breuers and Campos were threatening Szymczak for the lead. At the end of the back straight on lap 10, Breuers made the pass for the lead.
At the entrance to the esses a lap later, Campos took second place from Szymczak, and Sperafico followed him through for third place. As the leaders next passed under the start tower, Sperafico took second from Campos. Campos spun later that lap at the entrance to Thunder Valley to fall out of the top ten. On the 14th lap Campos hit the curbing in the same place and ricocheted into the wall and out of the race.
A full course caution period followed this incident for cleanup of the pieces of Campos' car. On the lap 20 restart, Sperafico tried to take the lead from Breuers at the end of the straight. When Breuers went way off line to block, the cars behind them stacked up. In the mess, Allmendinger got around Szymczak for third and the three-way battle for the lead was set. Szymczak's car suffered some damage in an off-course excursion after the pass and was forced to retire a few laps later.
The top ten finishers behind the top three were: Di Leo, Maia, Rehm, Cook, German Quiroga, Jon Vannini and Memo Rojas. Danica Patrick was in the top ten during the middle part of the race, but lost some ground avoiding Campos' crash and finished 11th.