Stillwell captures Lime Rock SFR pole

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (October 13, 2000) - Warren Stilwell, of Harteville, Ohio captured the pole for Saturday's Round Nine Pro Spec Racer race at Lime Rock Park, part of The Dodge Dealers NASCAR 200 weekend. Jim Goughary Jr., of Palm Beach ...

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (October 13, 2000) - Warren Stilwell, of Harteville, Ohio captured the pole for Saturday's Round Nine Pro Spec Racer race at Lime Rock Park, part of The Dodge Dealers NASCAR 200 weekend. Jim Goughary Jr., of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. and John Black, of Tahoe City, Calif. completed the top-three.

Under ideal fall racing conditions the Pro Spec Racer made it's debut at Lime Rock Park. Driving the No. 28 Stilwell Racing Spec Racer, Stilwell captured the inaugural pole on the 1.53-mile road course with a time of 1:00.537 (90.986 mph). Stilwell, comes to Lime Rock having won his seventh consecutive National Championship at the 37th annual Valvoline Runoffs last weekend. The pole is Stilwell's fourth of the season, extending his career mark to a record 27.

"The track felt good," said Stilwell. "With the championship being so close obviously you don't want to make a mistake this late in the season. If you go off track here it likely means you day is done."

Goughary Jr., driving the No. 29 Racerman Motorsports Spec Racer, followed his second place finish at the Runoffs with a start on the front-row. Running up-front all session, Goughary Jr. came up just short posting a best qualifying lap of 1:01.038 (90.239 mph).

"This is one of the greatest tracks in North America," Goughary Jr. "I'm here to win. I'd rather go home then finish second this weekend."

Black, in the No. 17 Ascent Racing Spec Racer, will start third after posting a quickest lap of 1:01.250 (89.927 mph). Black, coming off a third place at the Runoffs and his first career win at Round Eight currently lies second in the championship.

"I never did get a clean lap," said Black. "I think I need another win to really be threat for the championship." Completing the top-five was Keith Scharf, of St. Louis, Mo., who currently lies third in the championship and Neil Tilbor, of New Smyra, Fla.

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