RACE: Valvoline Runoffs: Richard Spicer Wednesday report

Reigning SRF Champion second on grid after 2nd qualifying session September 17, 2003: Richard Spicer, reigning and two-time SRF National Champion, placed his HagermanRaceEngineering SRF second on the grid after Wednesday's qualifying session for...

Reigning SRF Champion second on grid after 2nd qualifying session

September 17, 2003: Richard Spicer, reigning and two-time SRF National Champion, placed his HagermanRaceEngineering SRF second on the grid after Wednesday's qualifying session for the 2003 SRF National Championship. Spicer's 1:39.182 lap time was only nine thousandths of a second slower than John Black's current pole time.

"I'm very happy with the performance of the HagermanRaceEngineering-Spicer Racing SRF so far," said Spicer. Spicer, who won the last two SRF championships, is one of the favorites to win this year's championship. Added Spicer, "This is one of the toughest SRF fields I've raced against and putting the car up-front during qualifying is going to be key to winning the championship. In any spec class, track position is very important since it is so difficult to pass."

According to Spicer, being up-front is also safer. "With the cars so evenly matched, drivers are more likely to take a risk at the start. That makes an incident more likely. Mid-pack drivers not only need to try and make ground at the start, but they also need to watch for something happening in front of them. If you are already at the front of the grid at the start, the only thing you need to worry about is what the driver next to you is doing."

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