ALTON, Va. (August 12, 2001) Keith Scharf, of St. Louis, Mo., utilized the draft, executed a last-lap pass on Richard Spicer and commanded the last four corners Sunday to win Round Seven of the SCCA Pro Racing Pro Spec Racer series at Virginia ...
ALTON, Va. (August 12, 2001) Keith Scharf, of St. Louis, Mo., utilized the draft, executed a last-lap pass on Richard Spicer and commanded the last four corners Sunday to win Round Seven of the SCCA Pro Racing Pro Spec Racer series at Virginia International Raceway. Spicer, of Laurel, Md., came home second and Nathan Offutt, of Clearwater, Fla. completed the top-three.
With the win Scharf, No. 82 Tech Hyper-V Spec Racer, extends his championship point lead to 20 (104 to 84) over defending series champion Warren Stilwell, No. 28 Stilwell Racing Spec Racer, with only three events remaining on the schedule.
Scharf qualified third on the grid and looked to pick up where he left off the previous two events taking the checkered at Chicago and placing second at Watkins Glen. But eventual 12th place finisher Chris Funk, No. 0 Pearl Street Brewery Spec Racer, had his sights on the point early as he shot to the front for the first five laps from his second starting position.
Scharf overtook Funk on lap six and led through the midway point of the 16-lap race, only to relinquish the spot to John Black, No. 17 Ascent Racing Spec Racer, and then Black to sixth-place qualifier Richard Spicer for laps 14 and 15. But the veteran Scharf seemed to make all the right moves late in the race on a course where getting the draft can mean the difference between winning or losing a track where you don't necessarily want to be leading when the white flag flies.
"On the last lap I crossed the start-finish line in third," said Scharf. "I drafted by Nathan [Offutt] and made it stick. I was six car lengths behind [Richard] Spicer going into the Oaktree section of the track. I got a great exit and was able to draft down the backstraight. About turn 13 I drove to the inside of Spicer and only had to lead for four corners."
Black, of Tahoe City, Calif., and polesitter Jim Goughary Jr., of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., completed the top-five. Stilwell would go on to finish seventh.
The caution flag flew once for 4 laps when Keith Grant and Mark Eaton were involved in an incident that saw Rodney Thompson contact the wall.
The KML Greased Lightning Award of $300 went to Neal Tilbor. Tilbor, No. 8 Taiyo Edge R/C Spec Racer, brought his machine home sixth.