Minneapolis qualifying report

KENDALL FASTEST FOR SPRINT PCS TRANS-AM AT MINNEAPOLIS MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Tom Kendall extended his two-season-long fastest-qualifier streak to 10 with a record 1:16.799 (75.000 mph) lap in qualifying for the 63-lap, 100.8 mile Sprint PCS ...

KENDALL FASTEST FOR SPRINT PCS TRANS-AM AT MINNEAPOLIS

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Tom Kendall extended his two-season-long fastest-qualifier streak to 10 with a record 1:16.799 (75.000 mph) lap in qualifying for the 63-lap, 100.8 mile Sprint PCS Trans-Am race on the street of Minneapolis.

"We made things tough on ourselves today by changing the brakes, including new rotors," said Kendall. "It takes a while to bed in new brak es and we didn't really have it. I spun when I locked a wheel going down the straight. That gave me dirty tires and then I went down the escape road. I managed to get a good lap in, then Dorsey turned a fast one, but I couldn 't fight back because my tires weren't up to another fast lap."

Kendall, the defending Minneapolis race-winner and victor in the season's first five races, will start his No. 11 All Sport Body Qencher Ford Mustang Cobra fifth after the Trans-Am's random drawing for the Goodyear Fast Five top-five qualifiers.

Posting the second-fastest lap in qualifying was Dorsey Schroeder at a time of 1:17.118 (74.690 mph), followed by Paul Gentilozzi, Brian Simo and Bill Saunders.

"I then cooled my tires for a couple laps, cruised around a bit, then I got on it," said Schroeder. "I turned a very fast lap that closed the gap to Tommy and my crew chief came on the radio and said that I needed only 0.3 second more. But I called him back and said that if I tried that he'd need a new car."

After the random drawing, Schroeder, in the No. 12 Raybestos Mustang Cobra, will start third. Paul Gentilozzi, in the No. 5 RISO Chevrolet Camaro, will start on the pole with Brian Simo, in the No. 22 Valvoline Mustang Cobra, starting second. Bill Saunders, in the No. 8 HighwayMaster/AutoLink Camaro, wil start fourth.

"This race will be a survival race," said Gentilozzi. There is on ly one sure place to pass and that is going into the chicane. A pass can be made under braking-there are a couple other places where one can get past , after the short straights on the other side of the track, but you have to force your way past, and the other guy has to cooperate."

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Starters for Sunday's 63-lap, 100.8-mile Sprint PCS Trans-Am race at the Minneapolis street circuit, with starting position after random drawing for the Goodyear Fast Five top-five qualifiers, car number in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car, time and speed in miles-per-hour.

1,(5), Paul Gentilozzi, Lansing, Mich., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:17.391, 74.427. 2,(22), Brian Simo, Carlsbad, Calif., Ford Mustang Cobra, 1:18.092, 73.759. 3,(12), Dorsey Schroeder, Osage Beach, Mo., Ford Mustang Cobra, 1:17.118, 74.690. 4,(8), Bill Saunders, Dallas, Texas, Chevrolet Camaro, 1:18.226, 73.632. 5,(11), Tom Kendall, Santa Monica, Calif., Ford Mustang Cobra, 1:16.799, 75.000 (record). 6,(64), John W. Miller IV, Johnson City, Tenn., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:18.652, 73.233. 7,(4), Mike Borkowski, Middlebury, Conn., Ford Mustang Cobra, 1:18.901, 73.002. 8,(16), Jon Gooding, Longwood, Fla., Ford Mustang Cobra, 1:19.319, 72.618. 9,(40), Jim Derhaag, Chaska, Minn., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:19.502, 72.451. 10,(7), R.J. Valentine, Hingham, Mass., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:19.988, 72.010. 11,(23), Bob Ruman, Monroe Falls, Ohio, Chevrolet Camaro, 1:20.315, 71.717. 12,(83), Max Lagod, Barrington, Ill., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:20.318, 71.714 13,(66), Leighton Reese, Eden Prairie, Minn., Pontiac Grand Prix, 1:20.513, 71.541. 14,(6), Greg Pickett, Alamo, Calif., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:20.698, 71.377. 15,(55), Michael Lewis, San Diego, Calif., Ford Mustang Cobra, 1:20.828, 71.262. 16,(10), Don Sak, West Bloomfield, Mich., Oldsmobile Cutlass, 1:21.277, 70.868. 17,(24), Rick Dittman, Prairieview, Ill., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:21.545, 70.635. 18,(31), Don Meluzio, York, Pa., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:21.988, 70.254. 19,(34), Bruce Barkelew, Columbia, Mo., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:22.203, 70.070. 20,(70), Peter Shea, Newport Beach, Calif., Chevrolet Camaro, 1:22.353, 69.942. 21,(50), Bruce Nesbitt, Chicago. Ill., Ford Mustang Cobra, 1:25.844, 67.098. 22,(07), Michael Starnes, Mission, Kan., Ford Thunderbird, 1:35.530, 60.295. 23,(42), Jim Briody, Cherry Hill, N.J., Chevrolet Camaro, no time.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Brian Simo , Paul Gentilozzi , Leighton Reese , Don Sak , Dorsey Schroeder , Tom Kendall , Max Lagod , Bob Ruman , Greg Pickett , Michael Lewis , Mike Borkowski , R.J. Valentine , Jim Briody