KENDALL TOPS AT MOSPORT TOO, 11 FOR 11 WITH MOSPORT PARK TRANS-AM WIN
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Can. - Tom Kendall continued his romp through the 1997 Trans-Am season, scoring his 11th-straight win with a 1.373-second margin over Dorsey Schroeder at Mosport Park. Kendall, driving the No. 11 All Sport Body Quencher Ford Mustang Cobra, was the fastest qualifier, posted the fastest race lap and led the most laps en route to his 26th career Trans-Am win, earning the DynoMax Turn On the Power award for the best drive of the race in the process. "The Roush Team has gotten so good at pit stops that when we have to change a tire I don't worry, and we generally make up some positions," said Kendall. "Today, I didn't have any positions to make up. We didn't unhook our (anti-sway) bars at the beginning of the race and that really made a difference when it dried out. I was able to get away from Dorsey (Schroeder) because I could tell he undid his, and he was loose. I radioed to the crew for them to tell Jon (Gooding), so he might get a shot at him." Kendall started the 40-lap, 98.36-mile race fifth but, starting on a wet circuit that rapidly dried, was in the lead by lap four and held the position until stopping for dry tires on lap 13. Once back in the race, Kendall wasted no time in moving back to the front, claiming the lead on lap 15 and leading to the checkered flag. Schroeder, in the No. 12 Raybestos Mustang Cobra, started third and after stopping for dry tires on lap 13 was rapidly back up to speed, moving into second on lap 15 and holding the position for the remainder of the 1:05:47.373 race. "At the end, I got concerned that it might rain again," said Schroeder. "The car was really loose because we disconnected the bars. The last three or four laps were a lot of show. I was clear of Jon because of the traffic, and I thought I'd let it hang out for the fans. I was really hot-dogging it, but there wasn't any danger of losing it." Finishing third was Kendall's teammate Jon Gooding, in the No. 16 Mountain Dew Mustang Cobra, followed by Brian Simo and Mike Borkowski. Borkowski, who clinched the 1997 Rookie Of the Year standings, also earned the CIPA Mirrors Pass Of the Race award and was the Raybestos Rising Star Of the Race. "When the race started the course was really slick," said Gooding. "Mosport is always very slippery, because the groove is all worn down. The Roush crew really got me into third, because I was fifth behind Paul (Gentilozzi) and Zampedri when we all came in. I left the pits in third." Bruce Nesbitt, driving the No. 50 Orion Fluoroplate Mustang Cobra, finished seventh from his 13th-place start to earn the OPTIMA Batteries Quick Charger Of the Race award for advancing the most positions. John Miller IV, in the No. 64 PLC Direct Chevrolet Camaro, was the highest-finishing driver not in a Mustang Cobra, finishing sixth after starting ninth. After 11 races, Kendall, who has already clinched his fourth Trans-Am Drivers' Championship, leads the point standings with 371, followed by Schroeder, 258; Gooding, 254; Simo, 236; Gentilozzi, 215; Borkowski, 211; Greg Pickett, 203; Miller IV, 179; Bill Saunders, 141; and Michael Lewis, 135.