Slone Nails Pole for Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup at Mid-Ohio (LEXINGTON, Ohio) 21 June 2008-- Jamie Slone, of Tucson, Ariz., wasted no time in laying down a fast lap in this morning's 25-minute qualifying session for the ...
Slone Nails Pole for Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup at Mid-Ohio
(LEXINGTON, Ohio) 21 June 2008-- Jamie Slone, of Tucson, Ariz., wasted no time in laying down a fast lap in this morning's 25-minute qualifying session for the third round of Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup.
It turned out that laying down a fast lap early was exactly the thing to do. Eleven minutes into the session, a stoppage caused when Gene Martindale made contact with a tire barrier eclipsed the allotted time for track clean up. Martindale was uninjured and put a time in the books good enough for the sixth starting position if the car can be repaired in time for this afternoon's race. Slone's time of 1:36.011 came just before the session was halted. Previous two-time pole winner Andrew Caddell will start alongside Slone to complete the front row.
The duo were also the front-row starters in the Series' debut event at Road Atlanta, and Slone will look to make his early advantage go all the way to the checkered flag on Saturday afternoon.
"My team instructed me to wait for a clear lap and so after a few laps in the early running I pulled into the pits to wait for a gap. It was exactly the right call. On my first flying lap back out, I hit all my marks and it turned out to be a solid lap," said Slone who drives the No. 6 Rehagen Racing GoPro Motorsports Video Ford Mustang FR500S. "The car is great and I'm learning more and more how to set it up so that's contributing to my confidence."
Championship leader and two-time pole winner Andrew Caddell in the No. 9 TC Motorsports entry had established the morning's benchmark at 1:36.621 seconds straight away and improved it moments later by slicing an additional four tenths off his best to produce a lap of 1:36.249 seconds. That lap, as it turned out would stand for his best due to the session's premature end. Afterward Caddell was a bit frustrated to have a lap that was potentially better interrupted by traffic after a radio mix-up.
"It was a good session, but we just had a miscommunication in the pit lane with regard to car order and that forced me to have to deal with some traffic while on a fast lap. It's unfortunate but I know we have the best car and our pace over a race distance remains consistent, whereas we've seen some of the other cars trail off as the race wears on," said Caddell of Graham, Wash.
Tony Buffomante and Ricky Ehrgott will occupy the second row while Pratt Cole and Gene Martindale are slotted for the third row.
Round 3 of the Mustang Challenge will take the green flag on the legendary Mid-Ohio track at 12:30 PM EDT, making it the first race of the weekend at the EMCO Gears Classic.
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