SBRS: NAZARETH race report & sumary

Larsson Master at Nazareth NAZARETH, Pa. (May 18) - In the Barber Dodge Pro Series' first visit to Nazareth Speedway, Sweden's Fredrik Larsson won his second race in a row (third career) by fending off his on-the-road roommate Thomas...

Larsson Master at Nazareth

NAZARETH, Pa. (May 18) - In the Barber Dodge Pro Series' first visit to Nazareth Speedway, Sweden's Fredrik Larsson won his second race in a row (third career) by fending off his on-the-road roommate Thomas Schie of Norway. Derek Hill, son of F1 champion Phil Hill, was third, his first Barber Dodge podium, in the 50-lap Saturday feature race. Fun as it is to drive, there is very little room to pass on Roger Penske's funky .96-mile "five turn" oval, and the Larsson/Schie/Hill finishing order was how they had gridded up. Twenty-five drivers qualified, with the first 19 within one second; in the race 14 drivers finished on the lead lap. Larsson took the lead at the start and was never headed, though Schie and Hill had two chances to make runs on re-starts, the last of which was a two-lap "dash for cash." But Larsson said he had a "perfect car, though it was a little loose at the end," and comfortably motored to a .936-second win over Schie. Larsson had relatively little trouble with lapped traffic, though the nose of his Barber Dodge blackened by a large tire mark, but fourth- and fifth-starters Andres Gomez and Jeff Willoughby crashed hard in Turn Three while trying to get around a backmarker. Both were unhurt. Tim Moser, tied with Larsson in points coming into Nazareth, diced mightily with Jeff Bucknum, Seiji Ara, Rino Mastronardi (from 14th, the Most Progressive Driver) and Tony Renna behind the leaders to take fourth and thus slipped nine tallies behind Larsson, while Bryan "Steady" Selby now lies third. Round Five is Monday, May 27 at Lime Rock Park, where last year Larsson gathered up his first Barber Dodge podium (third place). -Rick Roso

RESULTS: SCCA Pro Racing, Barber Dodge Pro Series, Round 4 of 12, Nazareth Speedway, .96-mile, four-turn oval, May 18, 1996. Race length: 50 laps (32:22.890) Average speed: 88.939 mph (R) Margin of vic.: .930 seconds Pole: Larsson, 0:27.967 (123.570 mph) (R) Lap leaders: Larsson, 1 - 50 Fastest lap: n/a

1 (1) Fredrik Larsson, 50 laps, $10,000; 2 (2) Thomas Schie, 50, $6,000 3 (3) Derek Hill, $4,000 4 (6) Tim Moser, $2,500 5 (7) Jeff Bucknum, $1,800 6(10) Seiji Ara, $1,500 7 (14) Rino Mastronardi, $1,800 8 (12) Tony Renna, $1,200 9 (8) Bryan Selby, $1,000 10 (11) Skip Streets, $1,000 11 (15) Memo Gidley, $800 12 (9) Chris Menninga, $700 13 (13) Rocky Moran,Jr., $600 14(16) Nick O'Sullivan, $500 15(18) Geoff Boss, 49, $500 16 (19) Leandro Larrosa, $500 17 (17) Steve Rikert, $500 18 (23) Jarrett Boon, $500 19 (21) G.J. Mennen, $500 20 (22) E. Kym Fontana, 48, $500 21 (5) Jeff Willoughby, 42 (accident), $500 22 (4) Andres Gomez, 42 (accident), $500 23 (20) John McCaig, 36 (accident), $500 24 (25) Joe Vantreese, 31 (handling),$500 25 (24) Carlos Bonetti, 21 (handling), $500.

Points after 4 of 12 rounds

1. Larsson 57 2. Moser 48 3. Selby 38 4. Mastronardi 37 5. Schie 36 6. Fartuszek 33 7. Renna 33 8. Bucknum 31 9. Ara 29 10. Hill 28 11. Gomez 23 12. Gidley 20 13. Rondet 16 14. Willoughby 15 15. Streets 15

Next race: Round five, Lime Rock Park, May 27

for more information

Skip Barber Racing School email SPEED@SKIPBARBER.COM

Barber Dodge Pro Series email Rick Roso 72230.271@compuserve.com

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