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Road America: Dodge Motorsports qualifying report

DODGE MOTORSPORTS GRABS GT POLE, PUTS FIVE DRIVERS IN THE TOP-10 IN SCCA COMPETITION AT ROAD AMERICA ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Aug. 19, 2006) -- Tommy Archer lead the Dodges in Qualifying for the SCCA Events at Road America on Saturday, taking...

DODGE MOTORSPORTS GRABS GT POLE, PUTS FIVE DRIVERS IN THE TOP-10 IN SCCA COMPETITION AT ROAD AMERICA

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Aug. 19, 2006) -- Tommy Archer lead the Dodges in Qualifying for the SCCA Events at Road America on Saturday, taking the pole for the GT series race with a time of 2:15:33 seconds in a competitive qualifying session that saw only five-tenths of a second separate the first and second qualifiers. The Dodges were strong in Touring Car series qualifying as well, posting two top-10 qualifying runs.

Archer is showing he can gain the momentum he hoped he could going into the weekend.

"We made some adjustments yesterday that obviously we didn't go the right way with and last night we had a little meeting and talked about it, we went back to a spot where I thought we could atleast drive the car and make the top-five," Archer said after his pole-qualifying run. "I gave it a little extra effort myself, maybe even put on the throttle where I shouldn't have, got a little extra speed on the straightaway and got the pole. But I don't think it was by much. It's been really close (competition)."

In the Touring Car series, rookie Robb Holland posted a strong fifth-place qualifying effort in his No. 67 3R Racing Dodge SRT4, recovering well after troubles in the second practice session yesterday.

"I wanted my fifth place qualifying spot back from Denver so I figured I'd grab it here," Holland said jokingly after posting his top-five effort. "Honestly, a lot of thanks goes to the guys on my 3R Racing team. After losing the car and getting into the wall yesterday, spinning in Kumo (Witmer's) oil, it's tough as a driver to recover. The crew worked until midnight last night because there was so much to change-- suspension and brakes, but I got in the car for warm-up this morning and it was like it was the exact same car (from yesterday). I couldn't make these guys work until midnight and not go out and give it 100 percent. "

Brian Smith also posted a top-10 effort, qualifying his No. 13 Woodhouse Auto Family/Kicker Dodge SRT4 in the seventh position. Had it not been for Witmer's blown engine that ended the qualifying session early and a slow car disturbing his bonsai lap, Smith says he might have had a shot at the pole.

"Seventh is pretty good, but I'm not that excited about it because I knew I had more in the car," Smith said after qualifying. "Had it not been for a slower car that forced me to slow down and the guy that blew the motor and ended the session early, we would have had a chance to run another lap and are pretty confident that we would have been close to a pole-winning time."

The Dodge Vipers of the GT series saw 10 drivers qualify, with Archer the pole-winner pacing the group. Mike McCann of North Canton, Ohio and Rob Foster of Phoenix, AZ posted top-10 qualifying runs in the GT series. McCann, who was quickest in the first practice session Friday and second fastest in the second session, qualified his No. 82 McCann Plastics/K&N Filters Dodger Viper in the eighth position, backing up his times from both sessions on Friday. Foster qualified 10th in his No. 17 LTI Contracting/Race Craft Dodge Viper. Bob Woodhouse (12th) and Ritch Marziale (13th) rounded out the top-15 for the Dodges, while Jim McCann Jr. (16th), Lenny Diller (18th), Skip Sauls (23rd), Adel Elsayed (25th) and Mike Hartley (29th) rounded out the GT field for Dodge.

With two Touring Car and three GT series drivers in the top-10, Dodge posted a solid start to the weekend and is looking to continue the momentum they've built in both races this weekend.

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Drivers Tommy Archer , Mike Hartley , Brian Smith , Adel Elsayed , Bob Woodhouse , Jim McCann , Robb Holland , Skip Sauls
Teams HART