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LARSSON LOOKS UNSTOPPABLE LEXINGTON, Ohio (Aug. 11) - For only the second time in the previous five races, Fredrik Larsson lost the lead during a Barber Dodge Pro Series race. Of course, the young Swede snatched the lead back then drove away...

LARSSON LOOKS UNSTOPPABLE

LEXINGTON, Ohio (Aug. 11) - For only the second time in the previous five races, Fredrik Larsson lost the lead during a Barber Dodge Pro Series race. Of course, the young Swede snatched the lead back then drove away to his second consecutive win--his fifth in the past six races. He now has a commanding 39 point lead in the championship with four races remaining.

Beginning with his second win of the year, on the Nazareth oval in Round 4, Larsson has started on pole and led every lap--with the exception of Watkins Glen, where he crashed. Here at Mid-Ohio in Round 8, Larsson was again on pole but Tony Renna took the lead at the start when Larsson couldnt make Renna blink as they went side by side for virtually the first lap-and-a-half. But on lap three, Larsson outbraked Renna at the end of the back straight then motored away unbothered.

Renna likewise drove unfettered to second place, while behind a furious battle for third ended up with Thomas Schie taking the laurels. Schies third place vaulted him to second in points, albeit a scant one in front of Mastronardi and Tim Moser. Round 9 is next week at Road America, again supporting the IndyCar race.

-Rick Roso

SCCA Pro Racing, Barber Dodge Pro Series race results, round 8 (Aug. 11), Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, 2.25-mile, 13-turn road course.

Round 8: Fin. St. Driver, town or country, laps completed, reason out (if any), prize 1. (1) Fredrik Larsson, Sweden, 95.400 mph (R), 22 laps, $10,000 2. (2) Tony Renna, Deland, Fla., 22, $6,000 3. (9) Thomas Schie, Norway, 22, $4,000 4. (4) Geoff Boss, Narragansett, R.I., 22, $2,500 5. (7) Tim Moser, Ventura Calif., 22, $1,800 6. (5) Chris Mennninga, Pella, Iowa, 22, $1,500 7. (17) Memo Gidley, San Rafael, Calif., 22, $1,800 8. (11) Brian McCarthy, Dayton, Ohio, 22, $1,200 9. (3) Rino Mastronardi, Italy, 22, $1,000 10. (13) Jon Fogarty, Portola Valleyy, Calif., 22, $1,000 11. (12) Steven Rikert, Rhinebeck, N.Y., 22, $800 12. (15) Rocky Moran, Jr., Coto de Caza, Calif., 22, $700 13. (10) Derek Hill, Santa Monica, Calif., 22, $600 14. (19) Carlos Bonetti, Brasil, 22, $500 15. (18) John McCaig, Canada, 22, $500 16. (14) Jason Engel, Madison, Wis., 22, $500 17. (8) Jeff Bucknum, Simi Valley, Calif., 22, $500 18. (23) Divina Galica, England, 22, $500 19. (22) Nick OSullivan, Boulder, Colo., 22, $500 20. (20) Jarrett Boon, Chandler, Ariz., 22, $500 21. (21) Matt Robinson, Grove City, Ohio, 22, $500 22. (24) John Spangler, York, Pa., 22, $500 23. (6) Andres Felipe Gomez, Colombia, 21, accident, $500 24. (25) Patsy DiFilippo, Apollo, Pa., 21, $500 25. (26) Art Coia, Barrington, R.I., 21, $500 26. (16) Seiji Ara, Japan, 21, $500 27. (27) Steve Bitzos, S. Africa, 0, accident, $500

Time of race: 31 minutes, 8.496 seconds Winning speed: 95.400 mph (R) Distance: 22 laps, 49.50 miles Margin of Victory: 2.483 seconds Fastest Race Lap: Tim Moser, lap 21, 1:25.279/94.98mph Most Progressive Driver: Memo Gidley, 17th to 7th Lap leaders: Tony Renna, 1 - 2; Fredrik Larsson 3 - 22

Points following round 8: 1. Fredrik Larsson 121 2. Thomas Schie 82 3. Tim Moser 81 4. Rino Mastronardi 81 5. Tony Renna 73

Next race: Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis., August 18

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