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Lawrence pads lead; Vipers finish 1-2-3

by Bill Cawthon on

Two-time Trans Am champion Cameron Lawrence built up his points lead with a runner-up finish in today’s Next Dimension 100 at Road America.


Lawrence, driving the No. 1 Mopar Dodge Challenger, took the pole position in the TA2 class in qualifying on Friday. From the pole, he led the class for most of the race after opening up a big lead in the early laps. Unfortunately, fog, mist and a damp track caused a number of mishaps and yellow flags cost Lawrence his advantage. At the end of the race there were so many cars off course due to a multiple-car collision around Turn 6 that race officials determined that there wasn’t enough time to complete the race under a green flag.

The race was concluded under a full-course yellow and Tony Ave took the checkered flag.

Even though Ave won the race, Lawrence collected the most points thanks to the bonus for the pole. Gar Robinson, who is number two in the driver standings, finished third so Lawrence’s six-point lead turned into an 11-point lead.

Joe Stevens, driver of the No. 11 Mopar Dodge Challenger, finished a lap down in 16th place. Stevens remains eighth in the standings.


In the TA3 International class, Steve Streimer and the No. 42 Lux Performance Group Dodge Viper were first across the finish line. Cindi Lux was 4.836 seconds behind in the second Lux Viper, No. 45, took take the runner-up spot. 7.344 seconds later, Lee Saunders, the current points leader in TA3i, captured the show spot in the No. 84 Landsearch LLC Viper.

Capping off the Viper sweep, Saunders also won the Triple Shot Showdown trophy in the TA3i International class. The Triple Shot Showdown honors Trans Am racing’s heritage at three of the series’ most historic tracks: Lime Rock, Mid-Ohio, and Road America. Winners are the drivers who have the highest point total from those three races.

Saunders’ third-place finish increased his lead over Jerry Greene to 58 points. With his win today, Streimer moved up a spot to fifth in the standings and Cindi Lux advanced two places to tenth.

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, 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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