Fleming wins second straight Pro Spec Racer event at Sears Point Raceway. SONOMA, Calif. (June 21, 2002) -Lee Fleming, of Lake Forest, Calif., captured his second straight SCCA Pro Racing Pro Spec Racer event at Sears Point Raceway today after...
Fleming wins second straight Pro Spec Racer event at Sears Point Raceway.
SONOMA, Calif. (June 21, 2002) -Lee Fleming, of Lake Forest, Calif., captured his second straight SCCA Pro Racing Pro Spec Racer event at Sears Point Raceway today after battling much of the race with Warren Stillwell, of Hartville, Ohio. Keith Scharf, of Kirkwood, Mo., and Denny Stripling, of Mansfield, Texas completed the top three.
Fleming, the winner of this event last year, qualified second for the event in his No. 3 Champion Motorsports Spec Racer but quickly fell back at the start.
"I wasn't able to hold my position going into the first corner and I fell back to fourth place," said Fleming. "By the time I battled back to second place, Warren had built up a large lead on the field."
Fleming quickly made up the distance to Stillwell and, on lap eleven, was able to take the lead entering the final turn on the course.
"After I got by him, Stillwell was trying really hard to get around me but spun in turn five," said Fleming.
Scharf, driving the No. 82 Tech Hyper-V Spec Racer, qualified in fourth position but lost several positions at the start. Working his way back through the field, Scharf was able to take advantage of the spin by Stillwell to grab second place.
"I'm happy to run second to Lee," said Scharf. "Being able to come to California and run at the front with Lee feels like a win to me."
Driving the No. 44 Lone Star Communications Spec Racer, Strippling spent most of the race battling with Johnny Meriggi, of Dallas, Texas for a top five position. The two Texans raced each other lap after lap for the first 24 laps of the event but it wasn't until the 25th and final lap that Strippling was able to make the pass stick entering the last turn at Sears Point Raceway.
"It can be really hard to pass here so you have to take the opportunity when it presents itself," said Strippling. "I faked to the inside going into eleven and, when Johnny made his move, I quickly jumped to the outside to take third position. I didn't beat him by more than a foot at the line."
Barney Moen, of Hesperia, Calif., completed the top five.
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