SBRS: Mid-Ohio final qualifying report

BARBER DODGE PRO SERIES ROUND 8: Saturday, Final Qualifying LEXINGTON, Ohio (Aug. 10) - Times for Saturday final qualifying; 11:35 a.m. Eastern Time, warm and sunny; 2.25-mile, 13-turn road course, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. As now has...

BARBER DODGE PRO SERIES ROUND 8: Saturday, Final Qualifying

LEXINGTON, Ohio (Aug. 10) - Times for Saturday final qualifying; 11:35 a.m. Eastern Time, warm and sunny; 2.25-mile, 13-turn road course, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

As now has become his style, Fredrik Larsson waited til the last moment--seven minutes left in final qualifying--to put up his fastest lap and take the pole position for Sundays 30-minute Barber Dodge Pro Series race at Mid-Ohio. It is his fifth consecutive pole for the Swede, winner of four of the past five races.

In first qualifying, Geoff Boss broke Alex Padillas 1993 qualifying record and sat on the overnight pole, but he didnt get a chance to improve upon it; moments into this mornings final session, what he and Brian McCarthy had was a failure to communicate. After McCarthys throttle cable broke a few hundred yards before Turn 6, at the end of the backstraight, he wound up slow and in the middle of the track. Boss went to the outside, just as McCarthy was trying to pull off into the grass. Both cars were done for the session.

Meanwhile, Jeff Bucknum, the defending race winner, is suffering from a case of mega-bad luck; both yesterday and today, Bucknum suffered motor problems that ended both sessions early for him. The Barber Dodge technicians are looking for an oil line feed problem and are confident theyll have the problem solved by tomorrow afternoons race. Despite the problems, Bucknum was went quick enough on his third lap to qualify eighth.

Big Scholarship driver Tony Renna will start alongside Larsson, putting up a time also under the record, as did Rino Mastronardi, wholl start third. Boss time from Friday stood well enough to maintain fourth, Chris Menninga (finally looking the Menninga from last year) fifth and Andres Felipe Gomez, second-fastest yesterday, sixth.

As for Larsson, he was asked what, if anything, he did differently today versus yesterday: No soda on my shoes! Turns out he accidently stepped in some spilled Coke just before he got into the car on Friday, and his feet were hanging up on all three pedals. No sticky feet today, Larsson is a step closer to taking the 1996 Barber Dodge championship.

1. Fredrik Larsson Sweden 1:24.798/95.92mph (R) 2. Tony Renna Deland, Fla. 1:24.901/95.62 3. Rino Mastronardi Italy 1:24.021/95.53 4. Geoff Boss Narragansett, R.I. 1:25.026/95.40 5. Chris Menninga Pella, Iowa 1:25.085/95.39 6. Andres F. Gomez Colombia 1:25.238/95.16 7. Tim Moser Ventura, Calif. 1:25.274/95.13 8. Jeff Bucknum Simi Valley, Calif. 1:25.299/95.13 9. Thomas Schie Norway 1:25.345/95.10 10. Derek Hill Snta Mnica, Calif. 1:25.583/94.96 11. Brian McCarthy Dayton, Ohio 1:25.596/94.92 12. Steven Rikert Rhinebeck, N.Y. 1:25.667/94.91 13. Jon Fogarty Portola Vlly, Calif. 1:25.784/94.91 14. Jason Engel Madison, Wis. 1:25.947/94.66 15. Rocky Moran, Jr. Coto deCaza,Calif. 1:26.048/94.66 16. Seija Ara Japan 1:26.107/94.64 17. Memo Gidley San Rafael, Calif. 1:26.138/94.54 18. John McCaig Canada 1:26.172/94.41 19. Carlos Bonetti Brasil 1:26.201/94.10 20. Jarrett Boon Chandler, Ariz. 1:26.520/94.07 21. Matt Robinson Grove City, Ohio 1:26.601/94.07 22. Nick OSullivan Boulder, Colo. 1:26.690/93.90 23. Divina Galica England 1:27.010/93.73 24. John Spangler York, Pa. 1:27.405/93.58 25. Patsy DiFilippo Apollo, Pa. 1:27.826/91.69 26. Art Coia Barrington, R.I. 1:28.508/91.49 27. Steve Bitzos South Africa 1:29.521/91.22

-Rick Roso

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