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Kendall Holds off Schroeder for 7th Straight Trans-Am Win (with Results)

13 July 1997


CLEVELAND, Ohio - Tom Kendall continued his record Trans-Am
season-opening win streak, claiming his seventh-straight victory at
the Cleveland Preformed Line Products Trans-Am Challenge.

Kendall, driving the No. 11 All Sport Body Quencher Ford Mustang
Cobra, finished 0.719-second ahead of Dorsey Schroeder to score his
22nd career win, becoming the first Trans-Am driver to earn over
$1,000,000 in career winnings ($1,016,180) in the process.

Schroeder, in the No. 12 Raybestos Mustang Cobra, started the 42-lap,
99.54-mile race on the pole after qualifying at a record 1:12.071
(118.38 mph), breaking Kendall's 10-race streak of consecutive
fastest-qualifier efforts. Brian Simo started second, followed by
Kendall, Mike Borkowski and Paul Gentilozzi.

Simo and Gentilozzi were quickly out of the front pack as Gentilozzi
gave Simo's No. 22 Valvoline Mustang Cobra a nudge at turn one on the
opening lap, spinning Simo back to 20th and causing a multi- car
incident as the 30-car field tried to make it by. During the ensuing
yellow, Gentilozzi was penalized to the 21st position, while the order
at the front was Schroeder and Kendall 1-2.

At the lap six restart, Kendall went wide into turn one, building
momentum for a successful run for the lead, which he secured two turns

"I cooked up that wild routine in the motorhome beforehand," said
Kendall. "I was thinking about it on the start, but I was trapped
inside. I figured all the trouble would happen on the inside because
it's so wide, but it's also very dirty there, and it's hard to get a
car stopped. I though I'd drive down to the outside, brake there and
have a pretty good shot getting off the corner."

Once in the lead, Kendall was there for good despite a race-long
challenge by Schroeder, who posted the day's fastest race-lap,
1:12.956 (116.820 mph) also a record.

"I've got to take my hat off to my team - they're working so hard,"
said Schroeder. Obviously everyone knows the frustration level of
trying to catch Tommy all year. Tommy did a fantastic job. We finally
had a knockdown drag-out race - we ran those cars as hard as you could
run them for the whole race. If we could refuel them, we'd go do it
again. You hate losing in a situation when you're that good."

Simo recovered to finish third, earning the DynoMax Turn On the Power
Award, and R.J. Valentine earned the CIPA Mirrors Pass Of the Race
Award for his re-pass of Bob Ruman to secure his 10th-place finish.
Borkowski finished fourth, winning the Raybestos Rising Star Of the
Race Award, followed by Jon Gooding in fifth and Gentilozzi in sixth.

"I called my crew on the radio and told them I'd be back in fourth in
10 laps," said Simo. "I think I did it in six. Then the rest was just
trying to keep up with these guys (Kendall and Schroeder), which was a
next-to-impossible feat. They were running real strong nose-to-tail. I
tried to stay with them for a while, but it seemed like a wasted
effort, so I just kind of settled back and hoped they'd take each
other out and I'd be able to drive to the finish. It didn't happen."

Jim Briody earned the OPTIMA Batteries Quick Charger Of the Race Award
for advancing nine positions to finish 16th.

After seven races Kendall leads the Drivers' Championship standings
with 236, followed by Schroeder, 163; Simo and Gooding, 153; Greg
Pickett, 149; Borkowski, 143; Gentilozzi, 126; Michael Lewis, 109,
John Miller IV, 103; and Bill Saunders, 97.

In the Manufacturers' Championship, Ford leads Chevrolet by 39 points,
63 to 24.

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Results from Saturday's 42-lap, 99.54-mile
Preformed Line Products Trans-Am race at the Cleveland Burke Lakefront
Airport, with finishing position, starting position driver, hometown,
car, laps and reason out (if any).

FP  SP  Driver, Hometown                        Car                Laps Reason
 1   3  Tom Kendall, Santa Monica, Calif.       Ford Mustang Cobra   42
 2   1  Dorsey Schroeder, Osage Beach, Mo.      Ford Mustang Cobra   42
 3   2  Brian Simo, Carlsbad, Calif.            Ford Mustang Cobra   42
 4   4  Mike Borkowski, Middlebury, Conn.       Ford Mustang Cobra   42
 5   6  Jon Gooding, Longwood, Fla.             Ford Mustang Cobra   42
 6   5  Paul Gentilozzi, Lansing, Mich.         Chevrolet Camaro     42
 7   8  Michael Lewis, San Diego, Calif.        Ford Mustang Cobra   42
 8   7  Greg Pickett, Alamo, Calif.             Chevrolet Camaro     42
 9  30  John W. Miller IV, Johnson City, Tenn.  Chevrolet Camaro     42
10  12  R.J. Valentine, Hingham, Mass.          Chevrolet Camaro     42
11  19  Bob Ruman, Monroe Falls, Ohio           Chevrolet Camaro     42
12  13  Randy Ruhlman, Greensboro, N.C.         Dodge                42
13  14  Don Meluzio, York, Pa.                  Chevrolet Camaro     42
14  21  Larry Merricks, Keymar, Md.             Chevrolet Camaro     42
15  25  Jim Briody, Cherry Hill, N.J.           Chevrolet Camaro     40
16  26  Ed Hinchliff, Ypsilanti, Mich.          Ford Mustang Cobra   40
17  15  Peter Shea, Newport Beach, Calif.       Chevrolet Camaro     38
18  16  Craig Shafer, Somerset, Penn.           Chevrolet Camaro     37
19  28  Ted Sullivan, Hampton, Corners, Can.    Chevrolet Camaro     37
20  24  Todd Sprinkle, Mechanicsburg, Penn.     Chevrolet Camaro     36 Trans
21   9  Bill Saunders, Dallas, Texas            Chevrolet Camaro     35
22  27  Frank Cioppettini Jr., Morristown, N.J. Chevrolet Camaro     32 Mech
23  29  Jerry Simmons, Ancaster, Ontario, Can.  Chevrolet Camaro     26 Crash
24  17  Don Sak, West Bloomfield, Mi            Olds Cutlass         25 Mech
25  23  Rick Dittman, Prairieview, Ill.         Chevrolet Camaro     20 Mech
26  10  Bruce Nesbitt, Chicago, Ill.            Ford Mustang Cobra   10 Crash
27  22  Claudio Burtin, Rosario, Argentina      Ford Mustang Cobra    1 Crash
28  11  Max Lagod, Barrington, Ill.             Chevrolet Camaro      0 Crash
29  20  Ray Genick, Waterford Mich              Chevrolet Camaro      0 Crash
DISQ 18 Kerry Alexander, Indianapolis, Ind.     Chevrolet Camaro     

Time of race: 1 hour, 5 minutes, 45.823 seconds.
Average speed: 90.816 mph
Margin of victory: 0.719-second
Lap leaders: laps 1-5, No. 12 Schroeder; laps 6-42, No. 11 Kendall.
Fastest race lap: Dorsey Schroeder, 1:12.956 (116.947 mph)