Tony Ave’s 12th consecutive pole sets Trans Am record
June 30, 2012
Tony Ave captured his fourth pole position for the season, and even more remarkable his twelfth consecutive pole—a streak that dates back to 2011. This year he’s overtaken Tom Kendall for the Trans Am Series fast qualifier streak record. Kendall’s previous record was ten consecutive poles.
Ave’s Lamers/PME Engines Chevrolet Corvette set a time of 1:16.131, which broke the Trans Am track record which Ave had set earlier today in practice, while toping out at 106.4 miles per hour.
While Ave has led qualifying all season, he hasn’t experience that same success on race day this year. Mechanical trouble has put a damper on Ave’s season, as he is yet to finish a race. He’ll be looking to put that streak to an end tomorrow. “We’re still a little loose, but we’re doing pretty well, we’ve sorta gone back to basics, so we’ll see. We’ve had some issues but I hope to have those sorted out tomorrow.”
Ave’s teammate Doug Peterson, who had the second fastest lap, and Amy Ruman rounded out the top three for the Trans Am division.
In the TA2 category it was defending champion and points leader Bob Stretch who took pole—however the biggest change for Stretch was not his position, it was his engine. His crew had just finished installing a new LS3 engine in his Fix Rim Mobile Wheel Repair Chevrolet Camaro prior to this weekend. Before the installation Stretch had been running an LS1 and has a favorable look on the switch. “We feel pretty good, we put an LS3 in for this event, and we definitely think it’s the stronger engine and it performed today.”
The top three for TA2 also included Trans Am veteran Pete Halsmer and Michael Wilson. Halsmer is returning to TA2 after missing out on the previous race at Mid-Ohio due to back pain and was quick to return to his winning ways and has been consistent throughout practice and qualifying.
Wilson is also returning to TA2 prominence. While second in points, Wilson was spun out early at the Mid-Ohio event and was unable to fully recover. Wilson remains confident going into tomorrow. “I’m still planning on winning. I’ve got the oldest piece of equipment here but me and the old gal (his Wilson’s Carpet Chevrolet Monte Carlo) are looking to do well. We’re fighting against some nice equipment and some pro drivers but tomorrow we’ll see.”
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