SBRS: Laguna Seca Final Qualifying

MONTEREY, Calif. (September 12) _ Todd Snyder of Sheffield, Mass. knows a little bit about pressure, after becoming a father for the first time just two weeks ago. Snyder momentarily pushed aside all worries about diapers and college funds by ...

MONTEREY, Calif. (September 12) _ Todd Snyder of Sheffield, Mass. knows a little bit about pressure, after becoming a father for the first time just two weeks ago. Snyder momentarily pushed aside all worries about diapers and college funds by winning his first pole position of the season Saturday for the Barber Dodge Pro Series race at the Grand Prix of Monterey.

Snyder, the current Barber Dodge points leader, also picked up an important bonus point in setting a new Pro Series record at Laguna Seca Raceway with his fastest lap of 125.805 averaging 93.897 mph, which shattered the record set by Thomas Schie (1:26.599/ 93.040 mph) of Norway in 1996.

"It's important to get the bonus point, because that won't count in the throw-aways for the season, as well as the best starting position for a track that's going to be really tough to pass on," Snyder said, referring to the Barber Dodge policy of using the driver's top ten scores to determine the season champion. The bonus point awarded to the pole sitter counts regardless of their score in the race it was earned. "It's been a long time coming. We've had some okay qualifying positions, but this is the first one on the pole."

Snyder beat back a determined challenge from Rocky Moran Jr. (1:26.249/ 93.413 mph) Coto de Caza, Calif., who had topped Friday's first round of qualifying and improved his time Saturday. Moran spent most of the session challenging Snyder, but came up short after lowering his own mark with two minutes left in the session.

Jeff Simmons of East Granby, Conn. (1:26.376/ 93.276 mph) qualified third, and missed a crucial chance to close on Snyder in the series championship chase. Snyder entered the weekend with 99 points, with Schie (92 points) in second and Simmons (89 points) in the third slot. Schie qualified in the 15th position.

"I never really got a clean (fast) lap out there. I was just driving around, letting people by and looking for a gap. I'd start on a hot lap, and they'd slow down _ it happened all session long," Simmons said. "I'd rather of picked up the point or had somebody else pick it up rather than Todd. It's real tight right now _ one point might make the difference at the end."

Two local drivers used their home-track advantage to slip into the top five. Jon Fogarty of Portola Valley, Calif. (1:26.591/ 93.044 mph), with Townsend Bell of Los Altos Hills, Calif. (1:26.793/ 92.828 mph) fifth. The top five all qualified within a second of each other.

Barber Dodge Pro Series Round 9 Laguna Seca Raceway Monterey, California

Qualifying Results

Grid Car Qualifying Qualifying Best Pos # Driver/Hometown Session 1 Session 2 Time MPH

1 11 Todd Snyder/Sheffield, Mass. 1:26.399 1:25.805 1:25.805 93.897

2 71 Rocky Moran, Jr./Coto de Caza, Cal. 1:26.287 1:26.249 1:26.249 93.413

3 21 Jeff Simmons/East Granby, Conn. 1:26.376 1:26.462 1:26.376 93.276

4 52 Jon Fogarty/Portola Valley, Calif. 1:26.974 1:26.591 1:26.591 93.044

5 25 Townsend Bell/Los Altos Hills, Cal. 1:26.793 1:26.891 1:26.793 92.828

6 32 Sepp Koster/The Netherlands 1:26.832 1:26.902 1:26.832 92.786

7 18 Giovanni Anapoli/Montecchio, Italy 1:27.113 1:26.857 1:26.857 92.759

8 27 Alex Gurney/Newport Beach, Calif. 1:27.289 1:26.937 1:26.937 92.674

9 76 Will Langhorne/Warrenton, Va. 1:26.939 1:26.952 1:26.939 92.672

10 15 Memo Rojas, Jr./Mexico City, Mexico 1:27.878 1:26.954 1:26.954 92.656

11 85 Brian Pelke/Lansing, Ill. 1:27.195 1:27.134 1:27.134 92.464

12 5 Samer Hindi/Los Angeles, Calif. 1:27.227 1:27.150 1:27.150 92.448

13 55 John McCaig/Victoria, B.C., Canada 1:27.575 1:27.152 1:27.152 92.445

14 2 Jamie Menninga/Pella, Iowa 1:27.786 1:27.261 1:27.26 92.330

15 4 Thomas Schie/Oslo, Norway 1:27.509 1:27.707 1:27.509 92.068

16 14 Mike Miller/Sonoma, Calif. 1:28.492 1:27.571 1:27.571 92.003

17 40 Tom Woods/Rancho Cordova, Calif. 1:28.396 1:27.797 1:27.797 91.766

18 22 Eric Tresslar/Denver, Colo. 1:28.109 1:28.799 1:28.109 91.441

19 1 Charles Willis/Germantown, Tenn. 1:28.234 1:28.119 1:28.119 91.431

20 72 Jeff Altenburg/Catonsville, Md. 1:28.504 1:28.208 1:28.208 91.339

21 77 Scott Mayer/Franklin, Wis. 1:28.241 1:28.542 1:28.241 91.304

22 6 Peter Boss/Narragansett, R.I. 1:28.688 1:28.372 1:28.372 91.169

23 66 Tom Fogarty/Portola Valley, Calif. 1:29.122 1:28.402 1:28.402 91.138

24 12 Jarrett Boon/Phoenix, Ariz. 1:28.521 1:28.767 1:28.521 91.016

25 38 David Francis, Jr./Cypress, Calif. 1:30.945 1:30.084 1:30.084 89.437

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Alex Gurney , Peter Boss , Jon Fogarty , Rocky Moran Jr. , Townsend Bell , Memo Rojas , Tom Fogarty , Sepp Koster , Jeff Altenburg , Will Langhorne , Scott Mayer , Tom Wood , Mike Miller , Jeff Simmons , Todd Snyder , Rocky Moran , Jarrett Boon