Caddell to the Front at New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, NJ (31 August 2008) --StableOne Racing's Andrew Caddell kept his Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup championship drive going strong with a flag to flag race win at ...
Caddell to the Front at New Jersey Motorsports Park
Millville, NJ (31 August 2008) --StableOne Racing's Andrew Caddell kept his Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup championship drive going strong with a flag to flag race win at New Jersey Motorsports Park on Sunday. Caddell was joined on the podium by Jamie Slone in second place with the GoPro Motorsports/Molecule entry, with Carlo Sparacio returning to the Mustang Challenge podium in third in the TC Motorsports Mustang.
Caddell converted his pole position into the lead on the opening lap, which saw his StableOne Racing teammate Andrew Hendricks involved in an off-course excursion that forced a red flag condition for repairs to the tire wall. After the race resumed, Caddell kept his lead intact as the field ran in green flag conditions straight to the checkered flag. Caddell's teammate Terry Borcheller had missed qualifying and started the race from the back of the pack, moving up to take fifth by the time the checkered flag flew.
"I expected that there was going to be a yellow flag, but it was too bad that it was my teammate!" said Caddell. "I'm glad he's fine. With the race not having as many green flag laps after that, Terry didn't really get a chance to come up and fight with me. It's great to put StableOne Racing in the winner's circle here and be part of this tracks first race weekend. It probably would have been a little bit tougher if Terry had been able to qualify, but we'll get the chance to race again in Miller so I am really looking forward to that."
Mid-Ohio round winner Slone made some changes to his Mustang before the race started and liked what he had, but was disappointed not to emerge with more from the weekend.
"I had a big change, and the two recon laps gave me a good fell for what I had, and I think I left more on the table because the car was really good," said Slone. "The set up gave me a better chance to stay out of trouble and it gave me a chance to win, but I just didn't get enough out of it, but I'm looking forward to racing again at Miller. I have a lot of time at that track so we'll see what happens out there."
Front row starter Sparacio suspected that being second was not as good as being third when it came time to start the race, and his fears were justified as he had to cede a position on the first corner.
"It was exactly what I expected--even though they swept it off, it was still super slick so I lost the spot," said Sparacio. "And unfortunately the race wasn't long enough to get the position back. My car was perfect, it was really awesome and just on rails the whole time. I just wish we had a few more laps today!"
Gunter Schladach picked up the BFGoodrich Tires "Take Control" Award for picking up the most positions during the race with his run to 7th after starting from 11th on the grid.
Charles Putman got a little extra from his Mustang Challenge debut after he scored the Barbasol "Closest Shave" award after crossing the finish line in 11th just .368 seconds ahead of Jim Click.
Andrew Caddell added to his race winnings with a $250 check for scoring the "Zantrex-3 Insta-Shot" award for leading the most laps on Saturday.
Pete Crosby 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 New Jersey Motorsports Park race weekend.
Mustang Challenge will race again in three weeks' time at Miller Motorsports Park for rounds seven and eight to close out the 2008 championship.