Caddell Leads Mustang Challenge Qualifying at New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, NJ (2 May 2009) -- Sunday's Ford Racing Mustang Challenge race will have a familiar look up front as Andrew Caddell and Ted Anthony, Jr. will start from the...
Caddell Leads Mustang Challenge Qualifying at New Jersey Motorsports Park
Millville, NJ (2 May 2009) -- Sunday's Ford Racing Mustang Challenge race will have a familiar look up front as Andrew Caddell and Ted Anthony, Jr. will start from the front row for round 5 of the 2009 championship at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
Starting from his Mustang Challenge career-best third on the grid will be Flying Horse Motorsports' Dan Aweida, with Pratt Cole's Western Metals machine lining up alongside in forth. D Rick Edwards made it two TC Motorsports machines in the top five, with young Ben Crosland posting his best qualifying result of the year with his run to sixth in the SpeedWorks R&D entry.
The pole position is Caddell's second of the season as he looks to make his racing return to New Jersey Motorsports Park a winning one, as he did at the track in 2008.
"It was a good session," said Caddell, who has now qualified on the front row for all five Mustang Challenge races so far this season. "The car fell off a little on the second lap, but we already got a good time in on the first one so that was good enough for the pole. The big thing for me is that I feel like we've made a lot of progress with this car in terms of what our race set up is. It's great to be on pole, but it's even better to win, so that's been our focus this weekend, having a car that's going to be consistent for the full race. But with this weather prediction, we will just see what happens tomorrow because our set-up could all go out the window if it's raining!"
The qualifying session followed an established pattern, as drivers set the fast lap times early in the 20-minute morning session. But as the clock clicked off, the two championship contenders added some gamemanship to the session as they returned to the track in tandem to stage a final fight for the pole.
"My out lap wasn't great, but my 2nd lap was pretty strong, although it ended up being just .008-seconds short!" said Anthony, Jr. "I came back into the pits and let the tires cool off and decided to go back out. Right when I pulled out, I saw that Andrew was right there behind me, just shadowing me right in my mirror. I went for it, but the time wasn't there on that lap so I pulled right back in to the pits."
While the two championship contenders were working on head games with each other, that in turn helped to change the outcome for some other racers.
"I saw those two guys head back out, and figured 'why not?' and sure enough, my last lap was my fastest and that moved me up to third from fourth," said Aweida. "It's a whole new game for the race tomorrow, but I'm really happy to be up here, and for my first time racing on this track, I'm really pleased with how this session ended up. Hopefully I can get a good start and keep those guys behind me!"
The race, which marks the mid-point of the 2009 Mustang Challenge season, will take the green flag at 10:30 AM on Sunday morning.