SBRS: Road America Friday qualifying

BARBER DODGE, ROAD AMERICA FIRST QUALIFYING ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Aug. 16) - Barber Dodge Pro Series times, first qualifying session, Friday morning 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. local time, 4.0-mile, 14-turn road course. All cars on new Goodyears;...

BARBER DODGE, ROAD AMERICA FIRST QUALIFYING ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Aug. 16) - Barber Dodge Pro Series times, first qualifying session, Friday morning 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. local time, 4.0-mile, 14-turn road course. All cars on new Goodyears; conditions sunny and relatively cool; track condition good. Qualifying record was 2:16.674, set by Fredrik Larsson, June of 1995. Second (final) qualifying is Saturday, 9:00 a.m. Eastern.

1st Qualifying Session: 1 Rino Mastronardi 2:16.360/105.60mph (R) 2 Thomas Schie 2:16.516 (also under record) 3 Fredrik Larsson 2:17.233 4 Tony Renna 2:17.272 5 Derek Hill 2:17.502 6 Chris Menninga 2:17.748 7 Rocky Moran, Jr. 2:17.774 8 Tim Moser 2:17.979 9 Brian McCarthy 2:18.295 10 Jeff Willoughby 2:18.367 11 Geoff Boss 2:18.579 12 Jason Engel 2:18.690 13 Andres F. Gomez 2:18.959 14 Memo Gidley 2:19.124/103.50mph 15 Jeff Bucknum 2:19.416 16 Steve Rikert 2:20.037 17 John McCaig 2:20.297 18 Seiji Ara 2:20.501 19 Carlos Bonetti 2:20.504 20 Steve Dad Pelke 2:21.175 21 Nick O'Sullivan 2:21.211 22 Joe Vantreese 2:21.548 23 Brian Son Pelke 2:21.974 24 Jarrett Boon 2:22.494 25 Stephen Sardelli 2:24.587 26 Scott Mayer 2:34.658 27 Steve Lorenzen 2:34.921 28 George Frazier 2:28.954/96.67mph

NOTES: Larsson was quickest early on, and was the only driver in the 17s for much of the session. With 6 minutes to go, Schie put up his time, with what looked like a well timed tow up the front straight. On the next lap, however, Mastronardi put in his flyer to take the overnight pole. If it holds tomorrow, it will be the young Italian's first Barber Dodge pole position. Moser and George Frazier had contact mid-session, but both continued.

-end Rick Roso

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