SBRS: Simone out-duels Duerson for Road America pole

Sunday's Formula Dodge National Championship at Road America. Taking a page from Craig Duerson, Simone tripped the best time early in the qualifying session to secure the provisional pole from Duerson, who had the quickest time to that point.

Sunday's Formula Dodge National Championship at Road America. Taking a page from Craig Duerson, Simone tripped the best time early in the qualifying session to secure the provisional pole from Duerson, who had the quickest time to that point. Simone, the Championship points leader heading into the weekend, earned the pole and an additional point with a fast lap of 2:33.454 sec., about 6/10 second quicker than yesterday's pole setting time. Dan Di Leo locked up the third spot for tomorrow's race, a fraction of a second slower than Duerson.

The 18-minute qualifying session, held under clear blue skies, ran clean and without incident. The only mishap on the 4.0 mile road course was a late miscue by Christian Szymczak out of turn-1 on the last lap. The gaffe ended his track time but had no effect on an excellent qualifying result, fourth in a field of sixteen.

Today's qualifying session ran slightly quicker overall than yesterday's already swift times for the initial session. Practically all entrants averaged faster laps. Track familiarity, the new R/T 2000 and drafting on the long straights all contributed to increasingly speedy laps.

One-time Championship points leader Bryan Sellers, suffering from a severe cold, had a miserable session. He finished last in qualifying, near two-seconds slower than his best time the previous day, and will start from the back row for round 12.

<pre> Qualifying results for round 12.

1. Anthony Simone       2.32.454
2. Craig Duerson        2.32.749
3. Dan Di Leo           2.32.816
4. Christian Szymczak   2.32.856
5. Landon Yee           2.33.295
6. Leondardo Maia       2.33.570
7. Brian Angen          2.33.872
8. Scott Presti         2.33.889
9. Chris Baker          2.33.901
10. Jon Morley          2.34.256
11. Kevin Christensen   2.34.266
12. Davy Cook           2.34.324
13. Jonathan Strohm     2.34.401
14. D. Della Santina    2.34.755
15. Tophie Stewart      2.34.266
16. Bryan Sellers       2.34.755

- Andrew Torres

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Christian Szymczak , Davy Cook , Chris Baker , Craig Duerson , Bryan Sellers , Anthony Simone , Jon Morley