Caddell Scores Mustang Challenge Pole At Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, AL-- (19 April 2009) The front row for round 4 of the 2009 Ford Racing Mustang Challenge will have a familiar look, but the cars will swap positions as Andrew Caddell...
Caddell Scores Mustang Challenge Pole At Barber Motorsports Park
Birmingham, AL-- (19 April 2009) The front row for round 4 of the 2009 Ford Racing Mustang Challenge will have a familiar look, but the cars will swap positions as Andrew Caddell edged Ted Anthony Jr. for the pole position with a fast lap time of 1:38.449-seconds in qualifying on Sunday morning. The duo started on the front row for round 3 on Saturday, with Anthony converting his record-setting pole position into a race victory.
Tony Buffomante will look to use his third place position on the grid to make another podium appearance, with Mike McGovern slated to start alongside him in fourth. Joe Lee Middlebrooks is focused on going at least one better than his 4th place finish from Saturday, but will have to start out by getting past fellow third-row starter Dan Aweida to make that happen.
Ideal conditions through the 45th Anniversary celebrations of the Ford Mustang weekend gave way to rain on Sunday morning, but the 2.38-mile circuit dried in time for the 20-minute qualifying session.
"I'm not sure if I want to be starting on pole!" joked Caddell, who made a move to take the lead from the outside pole on Saturday. "I don't think I've ever driven as hard as I did in that session today. The track is really green but the car was great. I was also happy that the Grand-Am officials held the cars that were getting a late start from the pits so we could get a clear lap in. Now we'll just see what happens in the race."
Anthony, who started from the pole, lost the lead on the first lap, but then tracked Caddell down to take the lead and the win, will look to bring as much patience as speed into that first corner.
"The track conditions were a lot cooler this morning and of course the rain changed the track, but we got a couple good fast laps in so I'm happy to be starting up front again," said Anthony Jr. "I might have left a little bit of time out there in the chicane, but what TC Motorsports has been focused on is giving me a car that's good over the long run and I think that's going to pay off later today. Hopefully I can have a mistake-free run and come out on top again this afternoon!"
Round 2 is slated for a 1:00 PM local start time on Saturday.