Black Notches Second Pole Of Season For Pro Spec Racer Finale At Lime Rock LAKEVILLE, Conn. (October 13, 2001) - John Black, of Tahoe City, Calif., led for the second straight day in qualifying and earned the pole for today's Round 10 SCCA Pro...
Black Notches Second Pole Of Season For Pro Spec Racer Finale At Lime Rock
LAKEVILLE, Conn. (October 13, 2001) - John Black, of Tahoe City, Calif., led for the second straight day in qualifying and earned the pole for today's Round 10 SCCA Pro Racing Pro Spec Racer race, part of the Burnham Boilers 200 Weekend at Lime Rock Park. Warren Stilwell, of Hartville, Ohio, and Richard Spicer, of Laurel, Md., will start second and third, respectively.
Black, driving the No. 17 Ascent Racing Spec Racer, paced the 36-car field with a fast lap of 0:59.336 (92.827 mph). With the effort, Black, along with 19 other cars, shattered Stilwell's track qualifying mark of 1:00.537 (91.986 mph) from a year ago.
"I'm happy with our qualifying effort," said Black. "If we can just get this car into victory circle again it would make things a lot easier for the off season."
Defending series Champion Stilwell, pilot of the No. 28 Stilwell Racing Spec Racer, was on Black's bumper throughout both qualifying sessions, but will start second, the same position he holds in the point standings.
Richard Spicer turned in an impressive performance as he guided his No. 65 Hageman RacEngineering Spec Racer to a lap of 0:59.658 (92.326 mph), the best qualifying performance of his rookie season. Spicer looks to put the wraps on the Rookie of the Year Award as he sits on top of the rookie standings with 27 points.
But Rookie Chris Dyson, of Pleasant Valley, N.Y., has other ideas. Dyson also has the award in reach with 22 points, and will start from the ninth spot in his No. 6 Dyson Racing Spec Racer.
2001 Series Champion Keith Scharf overcame suspension trouble in yesterday's qualifying session and will start fourth on the grid. Scharf, who clinched his first title with the cancellation of Round Nine in Daytona, has accumulated 120 points and leads over Stilwell (95) and Black (71) in the point standings.
"We're all fighting each other for glory this weekend," said Scharf. "John [Black] can't catch Warren [Stilwell] in the points and Warren can't reach me. But the fact that the Championship is decided doesn't mean that any of these drivers are going to race any less harder than usual."