Borcheller Doubles Up At Lime Rock Park Lakeville, CT (16 August 2008) -- StableOne Racing's Terry Borcheller kept his Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup record perfect on Saturday as he fended off championship leader...
Borcheller Doubles Up At Lime Rock Park
Lakeville, CT (16 August 2008) -- StableOne Racing's Terry Borcheller kept his Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup record perfect on Saturday as he fended off championship leader and teammate Andrew Caddell to take a .676-second victory in round five of the 2008 championship for his second Mustang Challenge victory in as many races. Mid-Ohio round winner Jamie Slone returned to the Mustang Challenge podium to solidify his championship standing with a run to third place at the finish.
The 45-minute race got off to a fast start as polesitter Caddell led the field to the green flag with Borcheller holding his line on the outside. The two raced doorhandle to doorhandle through to the backside of the fast 1.53-mile natural terrain road circuit before Borcheller was able to seal the deal and move to the front.
"He's a quick learner!" said Borcheller about his teammate. "He wised up to me getting him around the outside, so he made it really difficult for me at the start. But he got in a little too hot at the right hander and I was able to get under him for the lead. He was maybe a little more cautious with me because we are teammates, but he fought me hard."
A lead pack of previous Mustang Challenge race winners broke free from the field as Borcheller, Caddell, and Slone ran within a half second of one another through the opening 30 minutes, which ran without incident. Another battle soon emerged as Mike McGovern, Tony Buffomante, Carlo Sparacio, Ted Anthony Jr, and Dan Aweida staged a race-long squabble for position. Despite the close battle, the racing was close but clean as McGovern emerged to take fourth at the checkered flag.
An all green-flag run was thwarted after Rehagan Racing's George Winkler made contact at the exit of the uphill, forcing his Ford Mustang to be towed back to the pits. On the ensuing restart, Borcheller had to once again put his speed and experience to use to dash to the checkered flag ahead of Caddell.
"If you run a defensive line around this track, you can make someone's life really difficult, so that's what I did on the last lap," said Borcheller "He's(Caddell) clean, he's quick and he has got a good head on his shoulders and he did everything right for the championship today. Now I'm looking forward to New Jersey!"
Caddell, who opened the season with two race wins of his own, was pleased to keep his championship points tally growing as he made it five consecutive Mustang Challenge podium appearances in his first race action at Lime Rock Park.
"It was awesome on the first lap," said Caddell. "He (Borcheller) said that there were two lanes around this place and I didn't believe him, but we did it. He went around me on the outside at Barber, and I wasn't going to let that happen again. But once he got inside me, and I just gave it up and tucked in to save tires for the end. I was hoping to have another run at him on the restart, but I just ran out of laps. But this race was really fun and it's a great result for StableOne Racing to get another 1-2, so it a good weekend for us."
The lead three were nearly inseparable, even as the trio worked their way through lapped traffic. Slone played close caboose on the train and while he sported plenty of pace, was never able to find a safe way by Caddell.
"This is a tough place to pass, but the places where I was able to make up ground on them, I just couldn't get anything going to make a pass," said the Arizona resident. "I was really good into one, but I was never in a position to take advantage of it. But I had a blast and I'm really happy to be back up on the podium!"
Jim Click picked up the BFGoodrich Tires "Take Control" Award for picking up the most positions during the race with his run to 12th after starting from 17th on the grid.
Kent Jordan will be once again be sporting a close shave in the coming weeks, scoring the Barbasol "Closest Shave" award after crossing the finish line in 11th just .165 seconds ahead of Jim Click. Jordan seems to enjoy keeping it close as the Barbasol award marks his second consecutive "Closest Shave" Award.
Terry Borcheller added to his race winnings with a $250 check for scoring the "Zantrex-3 Insta-Shot" award for leading the most laps on Saturday.
Mark German and the Green Filter Team joined the podium ceremonies to collect the Sunoco "Setting the Standard Award" after showing teamwork, sportsmanship, and a strong measure of both camaraderie and competitiveness during the Lime Rock Park race weekend.
Mustang Challenge will race again in two weeks' time at New Jersey Motorsports Park for round six of the 2008 championship.
Thank you from Mustang Challenge to all the corner workers at Lime Rock Park.