GOODYEAR PLACES THREE IN TOP FIVE AT DOVER Buddy Lazier was the top finishing car on Goodyear tires in Sunday's MBNA Mid-Atlantic 200 at Dover Downs International Speedway, but the Goodyear-equipped cars of Scott Sharp and Mark Dismore had...
GOODYEAR PLACES THREE IN TOP FIVE AT DOVER
Buddy Lazier was the top finishing car on Goodyear tires in Sunday's MBNA Mid-Atlantic 200 at Dover Downs International Speedway, but the Goodyear-equipped cars of Scott Sharp and Mark Dismore had the field covered until separate racing incidents took both cars out of the running. Lazier brought the Coors Light-Delta Faucet entry from Hemelgarn Racing in second behind Greg Ray, while the A.J. Foyt entries of Kenny Brack and Billy Boat claimed third and fourth. Rookie driver Jaques Lazier finished seventh.
Buddy Lazier started from 17th and used traffic to his advantage, moving into the top 10 on a track that is difficult to pass on. He ran as high as second before making his final pit stop, then regained second during the final caution period.
"I think that we were quick enough to give Greg a better run," said Lazier, "but we got held up on the last restart when Scott Harrington missed a shift and that just caught me off so I didn't get a chance to get a run on Greg at the end. We were catching him at the end. We are thrilled to get second here, our second in a row at Dover. The Goodyear tires were running real good this weekend. We never had a problem."
The Kelley Racing cars of polesitter Dismore and teammate Sharp were the class of the field from the start until Sharp spun from the lead on the 35th lap. After that, the race was all Dismore's as the Greenfield, Ind., driver led 91 laps and set the fastest race lap at 182.325 mph. Following the final stops, Dismore was second to Stephan Gregoire, who had not pitted, when he was caught behind lapped traffic allowing Ray to pass. With a handful of laps to go, Dismore came in contact while passing Gregoire, allowing Lazier into second.
"I had the best car out there today," Dismore said. "I think both Scott and I had cars that were way beyond anyone else. This track is extremely hard to pass on; unfortunately going for the win we got caught up in a race accident."
Dismore's chief engineer Chris Coxon added, "Goodyear gave us a terrific tire this weekend. It had excellent wear and terrific grip all day long. It's a shame, because Mark could've taken the team to the winner's circle."
"Today's race proved that the fastest car doesn't always win," said Paul Lauritzen, Goodyear IRL Operations Manager. "Goodyear-equipped cars did everything but win; they led the most laps in the race (125) and Mark Dismore set the race's fastest lap. The Goodyear teams reported excellent tire wear and grip throughout the race. We're now looking forward to the return to Pikes Peak and the opportunity to avenge our only other loss of 1999."
Goodyear-equipped drivers continue to lead the Indy Racing League points standings. Scott Goodyear now has 193 points, while Indianapolis 500 winner Kenny Brack is third with 179 points. Jeff Ward (170) and Scott Sharp (169) round out the top-five points leaders.