RACE: National Runoffs: Dodge Motorsports qualifying report

10 DODGES COMPETE IN SCCA CLUB RACING RUNOFFS, THE 'SUPER BOWL' OF AMATURE ROAD RACING Dodge's Scotty B. White Grabs Pole in T1 Division, is One of Five Dodges to Start in the Top-10 TOPEKA, K.S. (October 14, 2006) -- Dodge Motorsports...


Dodge's Scotty B. White Grabs Pole in T1 Division, is One of Five Dodges to Start in the Top-10

TOPEKA, K.S. (October 14, 2006) -- Dodge Motorsports competes in Topeka, K.S., this weekend in three different divisions among a field of 700 road-racing aces in the Sports Car Club of America Club Series Runoffs. The Runoffs are considered to be the Super Bowl of amature road racing, and Dodge has successfully put five drivers in the top-10 in qualifying for the event at the 2.5 mile Heartland Park Topeka road course.

Dodge took the pole position in the T1 qualifying session with Washington native Scotty B. White's run in the No. 3 Kumho/SRT/Forgeline/Corsa Dodge SRT10. He beat second place driver by six-tenths of a second and grabbed the top-spot with time of 1:47.034 seconds. The effort makes it two years in a row that he has sat on the pole in this event. He finished second last year.

"I feel good about being on the pole for two years in a row. It's a good place to start," said White. "This SRT10 is super strong. It's a nice little hot rod. The adjustability of the car is great and the guys on the team have been working hard to get it running fast. We think we have a good shot at a top-finish in the race."

White says he enjoys the track and racing at Heartland Park Topeka, but not all the other competitors feel the same.

"I really like the track here in Kansas. It's a technical race track and there's a certain rhythm to it," said White. "It's like a Beatles song--it's got a fairly complicated rhythm but can be followed easily. Some of the other guys are having a hard time getting a handle on it. It's definitely not simple, but we've got it figured out."

Half of the top-10 starters in the T1 division are Dodges, giving Dodge Motorsports a good shot at breaking Corvette's streak of six years straight as the division winner at the Runnoffs.

Dodge rounded out the top-five with Pennsylvania's Andrew Aquilante qualifing third, female driver Cindi Lux of Aloha, Ore., qualifing fourth and Michigan native Jeffrey Robbins qualifying fifth. Robbins has high expectations for the weekend after a solid week of practice and a top-five qualifying run.

"Our Dodge is great. It's handling well and has gotten faster and faster each time I've gotten behind the wheel." Robbins said. "It's a rocket. We're expecting to do well in the race--we're thinking at least a top-five finish, maybe even a win."

Dodge holds four of the top-five starting positions and the seventh place position with Jim Lynch of Chesterfield, Mo., in the No. 98 Dodge Viper.

The final Dodge driver in the field, David Pintaric, qualified in the 13th position in his No. 40 Kyderacing/Hoosier/WRP Dodge.

Cindi Lux won her division and the June Sprints at Road America before being given the invitation to the Runoffs. If she were to win the Runoffs, she would take home the prestigious triple crown.

The T1 division race is scheduled for Saturday at 5:10pm. Speed channel will broadcast the event, with air times TBA.

In the T2 Division, Dodge has two SRT4 drivers in competition for the prestigious race win. George Biskup of Naperville, Ill., and Adam Treadway of Findlay, Ohio. Biskup qualified his No. 15 Biskup Motorsports Dodge SRT4 in the 15th position. Treadway will start in the 28th position after posting a lap of 2:03.130 seconds in his No. 08 Treadway Chrysler Dodge SRT4.

The T2 Dodge SRT4s will take on the rest of the field of Runoff competitors on Saturday at 1:30pm.

In the SSC Division, Dodge has two Neons entered into the competition. Paul Sherman of Andover, K.S. in the No. 94 Dodge Neon of Jim Eli of Birch Bay, Wash., in the No. 9 UPR.com/Dodge/Kumho/Upr Dodge Neon. Sherman qualified in the 18th position while Eli posted the 22nd quickest time in his 2002 Dodge Neon.

This, the 43rd running of the SCCA National Championship Runoffs® is the first to be held at Heartland Park Topeka. The Runoffs, commonly referred to as the "Olympics" of grassroots motorsports, have this year 755 entrants in 25 classes. Dodge Motorsports is competing among these 750 plus racers for the honor to call themselves the best amateur racers in the country.

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series SCCA
Drivers Jeffrey Robbins , Scotty B. White , Cindi Lux , Andrew Aquilante , David Pintaric , George Biskup