RACE: National Runoffs: Wednesday qualifying report

12 Pole Positions Change Hands on Third Day of Runoffs Qualifying TOPEKA, Kan. (Oct. 8, 2008) -- A dozen provisional poles changed hands on the first full day of dry-weather qualifying at the 45th SCCA National Championship Runoffs, held at...

12 Pole Positions Change Hands on Third Day of Runoffs Qualifying

TOPEKA, Kan. (Oct. 8, 2008) -- A dozen provisional poles changed hands on the first full day of dry-weather qualifying at the 45th SCCA National Championship Runoffs, held at Heartland Park Topeka.

Defending Touring 1 Champion Andrew Aquilante, of Chester Springs, Pa., was the first to take away a provisional pole time. Driving a Hoosier/Phoenix Pref./Hawk Chevrolet Corvette C6, Aquilante even went as far as to turn a lap under the current record, entering a 1:40.218 (89.804 mph).

Another defending Champion, Tom Feller, of Atlanta, Ga., got one step closer to his fifth-consecutive H Production crown, putting his Goodyear/RedLine/DJRace/ WMI/Brinks Machine Triumph Spitfire on the provisional HP pole. Feller turned a fast lap of 1:49.463 (82.220 mph).

In Formula Ford, Chris Keller, of Green Brook, N.J., took over the provisional pole with a lap of 1:35.547 (94.194 mph). A Runoffs rookie, Keller is already making quite the impression in his Goodyear/LoyningsEngineService/FastForward Swift DB6 by clocking a qualifying lap under the previous Runoffs record.

Last year's S2000 winner John Fergus went to the front of the grid in his Hoosier Tires/Fergus Companies Carbir CS2 Ford. Entering a lap of 1:33.200 (96.567 mph), Fergus' pole time is better than the existing Runoffs record.

Lee Niffenegger, of Delaware, Ohio, is now on the provisional Showroom Stock B pole. Driving a Honda/BFG/Cobalt/Traqmate Honda Civic Si, Niffenegger earned provisional pole with a lap of 1:52.345 (80.110).

With one more qualifying session remaining, Jason Knuteson, of Danville, Ind., is the new provisional Formula 500 polesitter. Knuteson clocked a 1:39.152 (90.770 mph) in his Hoosier Tire/Mitchell Racing Scorpion S1/Rotax.

Father and son, Bill and Shawn Gray both ended the day at the front of their respective grids. Shawn tops the A Sedan field in a BGR Inc. Pontiac Firebird with a qualifying lap of 1:45.908 (84.979 mph), while Bill qualified his BGR Inc. Chevrolet Corvette at the front of the GT-1 field with a 1:31.080 (98.814 mph).

Nick Evans, of Dublin, Ohio, is the new Formula Enterprises polesitter. Driving a Jay Motorsports/Buckholz Wall Sys Formula Enterprises, Evans turned a 1:32.767 (97.017 mph).

Posting a 1:25.325 (106.123 mph) in the Hoosier/Toyota/Don Preston Racing Swift DB4/Toyota, David Wilcox, of Derby, Kan., is the new Formula Atlantic provisional polesitter.

Another Kansan, Eric Prill, of Topeka, is on the F Production provisional pole. Prill posted a 1:45.392 (85.395 mph) in the FIGHT-MS/Hoosier/Prather Racing/ESCP Lotus Super 7.

Defending C Sports Racing Champion J.R. Osborne, of Castle Rock, Colo., holds the new provisional pole in his Rilltech/Goodyear/RedLine Oil Stohr WF-1/Suzuki. Osborne turned a lap under the existing Runoffs record, a 1:24.489 (106.523 mph).

In the final session of the day, Brad Stout, of Webster Groves, Mo., claimed the Formula Vee pole with a lap of 1:47.055 (84.069 mph) in a Vortech Formula Vee.

The final day of qualifying for the 45th Annual SCCA National Championship Runoffs begins tomorrow at 8 a.m. (EDT). Live timing, results, an event schedule, photos and more are available at www.scca.com/runoffs.

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SCCA National Championship Runoffs qualifying leaders after Wednesday, with class, driver name, driver hometown, car and pole time. Asterisks located after the time indicates a new pole time. Double asterisks after a time indicates a lap under the existing track record. Asterisks located after class name indicates a new polesitter.

A Sedan*, Shawn Gray, Fayetteville, Ark., Pontiac Firebird, 1:45.908*, 84.979 mph

C Sports Racing*, J.R. Osborne, Castle Rock, Colo., Stohr WF-1/Suzuki, 1:24.489**, 82.329 mph

D Sports Racing, Mark Jaremko, Spokane, Wash., Stohr WSL/2007 GDRE, 1:23.530, 107.746 mph

E Production, Greg Ira, Plantation, Fla., Datsun 240-Z, 1:42.754, 87.588 mph

Formula 500*, Jason Knuteson, Danville, Ind., Scorpion S1/Rotax, 1:39.152*, 90.77 mph

Formula Atlantic*, David Wilcox, Derby, Kan., Swif DB4/Toyota, 1:25.325*, 106.123 mph

Formula Continental, Niki Coello, East Troy, Wis., Van Diemen RF-01 Ford, 1:30.848, 99.066 mph

Formula Enterprises*, Brandon Aleckson, Watsonville, Calif., Formula Enterprises/ Mazda, 1:51.625**, 80.627 mph

Formula Ford*, Chris Keller, Green Brook, N.J., Swift DB6 Ford, 1:35.547**, 80.804 mph

Formula Mazda, Jamie Sloan, Tucson, Ariz., Star Formula Mazda, 1:32.698*, 97.089 mph

F Production*, Eric Prill, Topeka, Kan., Lotus Super 7, 1:45.392* , 85.395 mph

Formula Vee*, Brad Stout, Webster Groves, Md., Fortech/Volkswagen, 1:47.055*, 84.069 mph

GT-1*, William R Gray, Fayetteville, Ark., Chevrolet Corvette, 1:31.080*, 98.814 mph

GT-2, James Goughary, Houston, Texas, Nissan 350Z, 1:37.060*, 92.174 mph

GT-3, John Black, Olympic Valley, Calif., Nissan 350Z, 1:39.048, 90.865 mph

GT-Lite, Chris Bovis, Lawrence, Kan., Honda CRX, 1:45.560*, 85.26 mph

H Production*, Tom Feller, Atlanta, Ga., Triumph Spitfire, 1:49.463*, 82.22 mph

Showroom Stock B*, Lee Niffenegger, Delaware, Ohio, Honda Civic Si, 1:52.345*, 80.11 mph

Showroom Stock C, Joel Lipperini, Pittston, Pa., Honda Civic Si, 1:56.376, 77.336 mph

Spec Miata, Eric Foss, Fort Worth, Texas, Mazda Miata, 1:52.670, 79.879 mph

Spec Racer Ford, Mike Miserendino, Los Angeles, Calif., Spec Racer Ford, 1:47.754, 83.524 mph

Sports 2000*, John C Fergus, Powell, Ohio, Carbir CS2 Ford, 1:33.200*, 96.567 mph

Touring 1, Andrew Aquilante, Chester Springs, Pa., Chevrolet Corvette C6, 1:40.218**, 89.804 mph

Touring 2, Don Knowles, Pittsboro, N.C., Pontiac Solstice GXP, 1:44.857**, 85.831 mph

Touring 3, Rob Hines, Arlington, Va., Honda S2000, 1:49.589, 82.125 mph

-credit: scca

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Series SCCA
Drivers Joel Lipperini , Brad Stout , James Goughary , John Fergus , Mark Jaremko , David Wilcox , John Black , Tom Feller , Nick Evans , Chris Keller , Don Knowles , Lee Niffenegger , Shawn Gray , Andrew Aquilante , Eric Foss , J.R. Osborne , Niki Coello , Mike Miserendino