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NTB Trans-Am Qualifying Washed Out at Mid-Ohio; Grid by Points Puts Gentilozzi on Pole

13 June 1998

LEXINGTON, Ohio: Paul Gentilozzi will start his No. 3 AutoLink Chevrolet Corvette on the pole after continuing rain washed out both chances for Saturday qualifying at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, causing the lineup for the 45-lap, 101.25-mile NTB Trans-Am Series race to be determined by the Drivers' Championship point standings.

"This rule makes a lot of sense," said Gentilozzi. "Particularly since we have such a large field here, there would be too many cars that could disrupt the session."

Second in points to start on the outside pole is John Miller IV, in the No. 64 PLC Direct Camaro, followed by Chris Neville (No. 40 ARCO Camaro), Ross Thompson (No. 92 i-Dream Software Ford Mustang Cobra) and Bruce Qvale (No. 44 Huffaker/Qvale Motorsports Mustang Cobra).

Sunday's race will be broadcast with same-day, tape-delay coverage on TNN-The Nashville Network beginning at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

LEXINGTON, Ohio -- Starters for Sunday's 45-lap, 101.25-mile NTB Trans-Am Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with practice position, driver, hometown and car. Starting order is based on Drivers' Championship points prior to this race due to rained-out qualifying.

   1 (3), Paul Gentilozzi, Lansing, Mich., Chevrolet Corvette.
   2 (64), John W. Miller IV, Johnson City, Tenn., Chevrolet Camaro.
   3 (40), Chris Neville, Scottsdale, Ariz., Chevrolet Camaro.
   4 (92), Ross Thompson, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Ford Mustang Cobra.
   5 (44), Bruce Qvale, San Francisco, Calif., Ford Mustang Cobra.
   6 (2), Brian Simo, Carlsbad, Calif., Ford Mustang Cobra.
   7 (66), Leighton Reese, Minnetonka, Minn., Pontiac Grand Prix.
   8 (8), Bill Saunders, Dallas, Texas, Chevrolet Corvette.
   9 (83), Max Lagod, Barrington, Ill., Chevrolet Camaro.
 10 (12), Michael Lewis, San Diego, Calif., Ford Mustang Cobra.
 11 (49), Randy Ruhlman, Greensboro, N.C., Ford Mustang Cobra.
 12 (28), Lou Gigliotti, Garland, Texas, Ford Mustang Cobra.
 13 (4), Bruce Barkelew, Columbia, Mo., Ford Mustang Cobra.
 14 (5), Brian DeVries, East Grand Rapids, Mich., Chevrolet Camaro.
 15 (70), Peter Shea, Newport Beach, Calif., Ford Mustang Cobra.
 16 (23), Bob Ruman, Munroe Falls, Ohio, Chevrolet Camaro.
 17 (47), Frank Cioppettini, Morristown, N.J., Chevrolet Camaro.
 18 (58), Stu Hayner, Yorba Linda, Calif., Chevrolet Camaro.
 19 (00), Rick Lee, Reno, Nev., Ford Mustang Cobra.
 20 (10), Don Sak, West Bloomfield, Mich., Oldsmobile Cutlass.
 21 (24), Rick Dittman, Prairie View, Ill., Chevrolet Camaro.
 22 (86), John Halbing, Dallas, Pa., Oldsmobile Cutlass.
 23 (76), Jerry Simmons, Ancaster Ontario, Chevrolet Camaro.
 24 (39), Craig Shafer, Somerset, Pa., Chevrolet Camaro.
 25 (59), Simon Gregg, Jacksonville, Fla., Ford Mustang Cobra.
 26 (31), Don Meluzio, York, Pa., Chevrolet Camaro.
 27 (05), Claude Poirier, Peterborough.Canada, Chevrolet Camaro.
 28 (45), Glenn 'Coach' Andrew, Farmersburg, Ind., Pontiac Grand Prix.
 29 (99), Mark Pielsticker, Oakland, Calif., Chevrolet Camaro.
 30 (42), James Briody, Cherry Hill, N.J., Chevrolet Camaro.
 31 (68), Paul Alderman, New Castle, Del., Ford Mustang Cobra.
 32 (50), Bruce Nesbitt, Chicago, Ill., Ford Mustang Cobra.
 33 (89), Bill Gray, Springdale, Ark., Chevrolet Camaro.
 34 (27), Dan Furey, Columbus, Ohio, Chevrolet Corvette.
 35 (16), Ned Yeaton, Delray Beach, Fla., Chevrolet Camaro
 36 (35), Kerry Alexander, Indianapolis, Ind., Chevrolet Camaro.
 37 (29), Ed Hinchcliff, Ypsilanti, Mich., Ford Mustang Cobra.
 38 (76), John Restemeyer, Calgary, Can., Chevrolet Camaro
 39 (82), Dick Greer, Columbus, Ohio, Oldsmobile Cutlass.