Trois-Rivieres Story

KENDALL EIGHT FOR EIGHT, TIES DONOHUE RECORD WITH TROIS-RIVIERES VICTORY TROIS-RIVIERS, Quebec, Can. - Tom Kendall, driving the No. 11 All Sport Body Quencher Ford Mustang Cobra, tied Mark Donohue's 1968 Trans-Am record of eight-straight...

KENDALL EIGHT FOR EIGHT, TIES DONOHUE RECORD WITH TROIS-RIVIERES VICTORY

TROIS-RIVIERS, Quebec, Can. - Tom Kendall, driving the No. 11 All Sport Body Quencher Ford Mustang Cobra, tied Mark Donohue's 1968 Trans-Am record of eight-straight wins with a 8.406-second margin of victory over Jon Gooding on the streets of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Can. Kendall, of Manhattan Beach, Calif., started the 55-lap, 82.83-mile race third but passed leader Dorsey Schroeder, of Osage Beach, Mo., on lap three and was never threatened, averaging 78.043 mph over the 1:03:40.778 race to earn his 23rd career victory. "This win was probably more important to me than if I should break the record by winning the next one," said Kendall. "Now that I've tied the record, it's something that can't be taken away. You can win more races than Donohue, but it's tough to say you've surpassed his accomplishments." Finishing third was Paul Gentilozzi, driving the No.5 RISO Chevrolet Camaro. Gentilozzi started the race fifth and was running fourth on lap three when a stuck throttle cable sent him into the turn one wall, putting him back to eighth. From there, Gentilozzi sliced his way back to the lead group, passing Mike Borkowski for fourth on lap 41 and Schroeder for third seven laps later. Schroeder ran in second for most of the contest but a slip on lap 38 sent his No. 12 Raybestos Mustang Cobra into the turn one wall, eventually losing positions to Gooding, Michael Lewis and Borkowski on his way to a sixth-place finish. Lewis, driving the No. 55 Red Line Oil Mustang Cobra, finished fourth from his ninth-place start, earning the CIPA Mirrors Pass Of the Race Award for his lap 47 pass of Borkowski for fifth. Lewis was also the Raybestos Rising Start of the Race. Borkowski, in the No. 4 Textron Mustang Cobra, finished fifth, followed by Schroeder, R.J. Valentine, John Miller IV, Randy Ruhlman and Bill Saunders. Jim Briody, driving the No. 42 Utility Industries/Prudential Camaro, finished 15 after starting 22nd, earning the OPTIMA Batteries Quick Charger Of the Race Award. After eight races, Kendall leads the Drivers' Championship point standings with 270, followed by Schroeder, 185; Gooding, 181; Borkowski, 165; Pickett, 162; Simo, 161; Gentilozzi, 152; Lewis, 132; John Miller IV, 121; and Saunders, 113. In the Manufacturers' Championship, Ford leads Chevrolet by 43 points, 72 to 29.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Paul Gentilozzi , Randy Ruhlman , Dorsey Schroeder , Tom Kendall , Michael Lewis , Mike Borkowski , R.J. Valentine , Mark Donohue , Jim Briody
Teams CIP