DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 1, 2002) -- Doncaster Motorsports captured the first victory of the 2002 Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series at Daytona International Speedway today. Scott Maxwell started the ...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 1, 2002) -- Doncaster Motorsports captured the first victory of the 2002 Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series at Daytona International Speedway today. Scott Maxwell started the #76 Porsche GT3 Cup on the pole and his co-driver David Empringham carried it to the checkered flag two hours later.
Maxwell exchanged the lead several times with Darren Law in G&W Motorsports' #01 Porsche GT3 Cup during the first half of the race. Although the teams had pulled away from the field, pit stops for driver changes at the midway point brought several different teams to the top of the leader board. But as the frenzy of pit stops slowed down, Empringham found his way back to the front of the pack and stayed there for the remainder of the race.
Powell Motorsports' #11 Corvette had a rough start in its quest to defend last year's victory. Devon Powell was forced to bring the Chevy into the pits with rear bodywork damage after it was clipped during the opening laps of the race. However, the 2001 champions persevered, working their way back up to second place overall.
G&W Motorsports' second Porsche entry took a third-place finish, despite Brent Martini suffering safety belt woes early in the race.
The Grand Sport II class saw an exciting battle for the win on the final lap of the race, but the amazing effort by the teams was all for naught as both were disqualified in post-race inspection. The Snipes Ford Motorsports #26 Mustang lost is first-place finish due to a suspension violation, while the Bell Motorsports #54 BMW M3 was removed from second place due to an air induction violation.
That handed the first-place honors to John Shreiner and Jeff Lapcevich in the Mustang Cobra R of Schreiner Racing. Max Q Motorsports and SpeedSource moved up to second and third, respectively.
After earning two victories last season, Team Spartanburg returned to its winning ways by picking up the first Sport Touring I win of the season. Drivers Jeff Hamblin and Steve Pfeffer piloted the #72 BMW Z3 to the front of the pack, holding off the second-place #2 entry of Team Lexus and third-place #36 BMW Z3 of Villaconn International.
"We struggled a little early in the weekend, but we just kept working with it, and the guys gave us a fantastic car," Hamblin said. "We started out ninth, but we were able to carve our way up through the field and it went flawless. Steve (Pfeffer) did a fantastic job finishing it up."
Bill Fenton Motorsports' #27 Acura Integra R dominated the Sport Touring II class, leading nearly the entire race. "It went great. I had an easy drive. My co-driver, Bill Fenton, left me with a 30-second lead, so all I had to do was keep from messing up," Bob Beebe said. "The car was great, the tires were sticking great, it just ran real smooth."
The Nonnamaker brothers - Will and Wayne - finished second in the class in their new HRPworld.com #41 Acura, while WTF Engineering took third in the newly revamped class.
The Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series will next travel to California Speedway for a three-hour race the weekend of March 21-23. Tickets are on sale for event online at www.californiaspeedway.com.