KENDALL SCORES RECORD FOURTH-STRAIGHT TRANS-AM WIN AT DETROIT MOTOR CITY 100 DETROIT, Mich. (June 7) -- Tom Kendall, driving the No. 11 All Sport Body Quencher Ford Mustang Cobra, became the first driver in the Trans-Am Championship's 32-year...
KENDALL SCORES RECORD FOURTH-STRAIGHT TRANS-AM WIN AT DETROIT MOTOR CITY 100
DETROIT, Mich. (June 7) -- Tom Kendall, driving the No. 11 All Sport Body Quencher Ford Mustang Cobra, became the first driver in the Trans-Am Championship's 32-year history to win the opening four races after beating Greg Pickett by 1.602 seconds at the Detroit Motor City 100.
Kendall, of Santa Monica, Calif., started the 48-lap, 100.98-mile race from the pole position after setting a new record in qualifying and led flag-to-flag to score his 19th career Trans-Am victory.
"Winning at Detroit means more to me than winning four in a row," said Kendall. " Like Earnhardt not winning the Daytona 500 yet in his career, I hadn't won at Detroit, and that rang kind of hollow. I'm so happy that I can keep the Manufacturers' Cup trophy in Dearborn where it belongs." Pickett, driving the No. 6 AutoLink/HighwayMaster Chevrolet Camaro, started second and ran second for most of the contest to pick up his 45th top-three finish, while rookie Mike Borkowski, driving the No. 4 Textron Mustang Cobra, earned his first podium showing after improving three positions from his sixth-place start. Borkowski also captured the Raybestos Rising Star of the Race Award.
Finishing fifth was Jon Gooding, driving the No. 16 Mountain Dew Mustang Cobra, followed by Max Lagod, in the No. 83 HyperMax Camaro.
John Miller IV, driving the No. 64 PLC Direct Camaro, earned the DynoMax Turn On the Power Award with his seventh-place effort, and Bill Saunders, driving the No. 8 HighwayMaster/AutoLink Camaro, earned the CIPA Mirrors Pass Of the Race for his charge back to 13th after falling to the back of the field with a lap-three pit-stop. Rick Dittman earned the OPTIMA Batteries Quick Charger Award for improving seven positions to finish 11th.
After four races, Kendall tops the Trans-Am Drivers' Championship point standings with 135, followed by Brian Simo, 92; Gooding, 90; Pickett, 85; Paul Gentilozzi and Dorsey Schroeder, 77; Borkowski, 75; Miller IV, 69; Saunders, 67; and Michael Lewis, 50 points.
Ford leads the Manufacturers' Championship 36 points, 19 points ahead of Chevrolet, with 17 points.
The Trans-Am next competes Sunday, June 15, at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.