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Lawrence makes it 3 for 3 at Road Atlanta

by Bill Cawthon on

Three races: three wins for Cameron Lawrence and the No. 1 Mopar Dodge Challenger as he won today’s Trans Am TA2 Foametix Muscle Car Challenge race.

The is the third consecutive victory for the 22-year-old from Windermere, Florida, who is the defending champion in TA2.

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The race began at 9:30 this morning at Road Atlanta and by the time it ended, Lawrence was 1.407 seconds ahead of the runner-up, rookie driver Dillon Machavern in the No. 24 UniFirst/PPG/Ford Mustang.

Lawrence had a tough race, running behind Machavern for much of the second half. It look a lucky break on the last lap for Lawrence to clinch the win. The rear end went out on Machavern’s Mustang, allowing Lawrence, who was right behind, to pass between turns six and seven.

“We never really had, or at least I didn’t think we had, the pace to win all weekend,” said Lawrence after the race. “We had some issues in practice with the power steering and the transmission, and the team worked really hard to prep the car as well as they did. This was a battle though; we didn’t get to run out-front much. We were running second and third—just dogging the guys ahead of us. There’s nothing left in the car, and we were lucky Dillon had some issues at the end of the race. We were almost ready to settle for second. Dillon drove an amazing race and probably deserved that win but, unfortunately, things happen—but I imagine he’ll get a win soon enough.”

Lawrence qualified second yesterday, coming in 0.622 seconds behind Adam Andretti in the No. 44 Engineered Components Company/Ford Mustang. Today, Lawrence crossed the finish line 12.486 seconds ahead of Andretti, who finished fourth. This is the first time this season that Lawrence missed the pole position.

Rookie Joe Smith, in the No. 11 Mopar Dodge Challenger, finished 12th today after qualifying 22nd. Today’s finish matched his performance at the season-opening race at Sebring in March.

With victories at Sebring and Homestead-Miami Speedway, Lawrence now has a commanding lead in the driver point standings. Gar Robinson, who was second in the standings, lost ground with a third-place finish in today’s race.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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