Pole for Caddell at Barber Leeds, AL (18 July 2008) -- As the temperatures rose, Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup Championship leader Andrew Caddell still kept his cool, setting a fast lap flier of 1.39.103 seconds to take pole...
Pole for Caddell at Barber
Leeds, AL (18 July 2008) -- As the temperatures rose, Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup Championship leader Andrew Caddell still kept his cool, setting a fast lap flier of 1.39.103 seconds to take pole for Sunday's 45-minute race for round four of the 2008 championship. Terry Borcheller made it an all-StableOne Racing front row, with Carlo Sparacio posting his strongest qualifying effort to date in the TC Motorsports Mustang to take third on the grid during the 30-minute qualifying session.
The pole position helped Caddell grow his championship points lead by five markers over Jame Slone, who qualified ninth in the GoPro/Molecule Mustang.
"Stable One has a great one-two punch with me and Terry," said Caddell. "Hopefully we can dial out some of the push we have for tomorrow. It's helping the entire team raise our game to have a guy of Terry's caliber to come into the series, and the team is gelling really well. Hopefully we can be good on the long run and go for a win tomorrow. We are going to have to be patient with the heat and make sure we are smart with our tires, but I'm really looking forward to that green flag."
While most drivers would be satisfied to take a front-row qualifying spot in their first Series start, but when asked what he had expected, Borcheller confessed to looking for more.
"I had expected to be on pole!" said Borcheller, who won the first Grand-Am race ever held at Barber Motorsports Park. "I have a lot of experience in Mustangs and I was hoping to put that to use today but I ran over something and lost tire pressure so I only got one fast lap in. But no matter, it's great for StableOne Racing and I'm really happy for the team. Andrew Caddell is doing a great job, and it should be a fun race tomorrow."
The Mustang Challenge field has seen some remarkable performances this weekend despite many of the drivers never having raced on the 2.3-mile circuit previously, with Sparacio one of those first-timers at Barber to posts a strong time.
"I'd never raced here at Barber before, and now it's one of my favorite tracks," said Sparacio. "It's an awesome track. The TC Motorsports guys did a great job. I've been focusing on keeping my eyes as far ahead as possible because this place has a lot of elevation changes and it's been paying off so far this weekend."
Joe Lee Middlebrooks, who celebrated a birthday on Friday, also put in his best Mustang Challenge qualifying effort to date with a run to fourth on the grid. Middlebrooks is enjoying a bit of a home field advantage as he hails from nearby Hoover, Alabama. Pratt Cole rounded out the top-five in the No 88 Ford Mustang.
Sundays race will start at 1:00 PM Central time.