“It’s three times in a row, essentially, that I’ve been second-place in that car here. It’s kind of frustrating, I really wish I could have done better. But he did a good job, you can’t fault him. We’ve just got to try harder.”
Vandersluis’ No. 93 Carbotech/BFGoodrich Tires/Ford Racing Ford Mustang started second, and got a bump on the opening lap in turn five and ran wide, falling to sixth.
From there, Vandersluis followed much of the path that Stewart did, working his way to third in not only his first Runoffs appearance, but his first visit to Road America.
“The start was decent,” Vandersluis said. “We got going into Turn 5, and there was a lot of traffic everywhere. Getting down on the brakes, one of the MX-5s punted me pretty hard. I almost completely spun out, and luckily nobody hit me and I was able to continue. I knew that whatever I dropped to wasn’t going to cut it, and I had to make a drive up.”
“I don’t think it’s sunk in yet. I started second and usually I like to improve on that, but everything happens for a reason. I’m just glad of my drive, I could get all the way up to third.”
Niffenegger finished fourth, followed by Price.
1, (1), Michael Scornavacchi, Matthews, NC, Ford Mustang V6, 13.
2, (8), Lance Stewart, Miami, FL, Ford Mustang V6, 13.
3, (2), Greg Vandersluis, North Olmsted, OH, Ford Mustang V6, 13.
4, (3), Lee Niffenegger, Santa Clarita, CA, Honda Civic SI, 13.
5, (4), J Brian Price, Middletown, VA, Mazda MX-5, 13.
6, (6), Matthew Staal, Torrance, CA, Honda Civic SI, 13.
7, (9), Andrew von Charbonneau, Boca Raton, FL, Ford Mustang, 13.
8, (7), Ralph Porter, Kokomo, IN, BMW Z4 2.5, 13.
9, (11), Steven Zink, Fort Worth, TX, Ford Mustang V6, 13.
10, (5), Michael Collins, Mount Airy, MD, Mazda MX-5, 13.
11, (10), Jim Ebben, Appleton, WI, Mazda RX-8, 13.
12, (12), Toby Grahovec, Royal Oak, MI, BMW Z4 2.5, 13.
13, (13), Paul Gargiulo, Weston, CT, Honda Civic SI, 13.
14, (14), Stan Czacki, Truth Or Consequences, NM, Acura RSX Type-S, 13.
15, (22), Tom Daly, Minneapolis, MN, Volkswagen Rabbit, 13.
16, (18), Victor Van Tress, West Hills, CA, Mazda MX-5, 13.
17, (16), Lothar Kremer, Franktown, CO, Chevrolet Camaro, 13.
18, (17), James Place, San Antonio, TX, Ford Mustang, 13.
19, (20), Steven Christopher, Olathe, KS, Mazda 3s, 12.
20, (19), Keith Jones, Lorain, OH, Mazda Miata, 12.
DNS, (15), Kristina Etherington, Henderson, NV, Ford Mustang V6, .
DNS, (21), Mark McCaughey, Sarasota, FL, Toyota Celica GTS, .