Stilwell wins second VIR Pro Spec Racer nears Championship. ALTON, Va. (October 27, 2002) -- Warren Stilwell, of Hartville, Ohio, captured his third SCCA Pro Racing Pro Spec Racer series race of 2002 at the VIR SpeedFest Weekend Presented by the...
Stilwell wins second VIR Pro Spec Racer nears Championship.
ALTON, Va. (October 27, 2002) -- Warren Stilwell, of Hartville, Ohio, captured his third SCCA Pro Racing Pro Spec Racer series race of 2002 at the VIR SpeedFest Weekend Presented by the Justin Bell GT Motorsports Experience at VIRginia International Raceway, edging closer to his fifth series title. Richard Spicer, of Laurell, Md., and Saturday's race winner Keith Scharf, of Kirkwood, Mo., completed the top three.
Driving the No. 28 Stilwell Racing entry, Stilwell started from the pole and survived a race-long battle with Scharf and then Spicer to take the win. Stilwell took the lead for the final time on the penultimate lap, driving to a 0.482-second win, averaging 87.210 mph.
"[On the last lap] Scharf was on my tail, and I thought he'd have a shot, but he must have made a mistake in the Oak Tree Turn," said Stilwell. "I actually got the lead on the back straight a lap earlier than I wanted, but it worked out in the end anyway."
Spicer (No. 65 Hagerman RacEngineering entry) worked his way up from 12th to the front, but fell back. A late race charge nearly resulted in his first series win.
"At least I took the green flag, which was all I was really hoping for," joked Spicer, who had a mechanical failure on the pace lap of Saturday's race, for which he was on the pole. "I buzzed the motor a couple of times, which probably hurt it and me on the straights."
Scharf won the Saturday round to stay in striking distance of Stilwell in his title defense. His No. 82 Tech Hyper-V entry edged Franklin Futrelle for third by just 0.007-second.
"That was a heck of a battle," said Scharf, who is now 27 points behind Stilwell, with 30 points available at the final event in two weeks at Daytona International Raceway. "I got a run on [Futrelle] coming out of 17, but I wasn't sure I could get him by the line."
Chris Funk, of Independence, Mo., completed the top five.
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