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 1 98 TOYOTA CELICA Tc Chris Cord 49 Laps 1.GTO
 2  4 PONTIAC FIERO Spice-GTO-001 Bob Earl 49 Laps 2.GTO
 3 99 TOYOTA CELICA Tc Willy T.Ribbs 49 Laps 3.GTO
 4  2 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Greg Pickett 49 Laps 4.GTO
 5  5 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Wally Dallenbach Jr 49 Laps 5.GTO
 6 22 FORD MUSTANG Tom Gloy 49 Laps 6.GTO
 7 33 FORD MUSTANG Bruce Jenner 49 Laps 7.GTO
 8 97 TOYOTA CELICA Tc Dennis Aase 49 Laps 8.GTO
 9  9 CHEVROLET CAMARO Darin Brassfield 48 Laps 9.GTO
10 38 MAZDA RX7 Roger Mandeville 48 Laps 10.GTO
11  8 CHEVROLET CAMARO Les Lindley 47 Laps 11.GTO
12 11 FORD MUSTANG Lyn St James 46 Laps 12.GTO
13 09 CHEVROLET CAMARO Frank Vessels 45 Laps 13.GTO
14 78 CHEVROLET CAMARO Steve Barber 45 Laps 14.GTO
15 15 CHEVROLET CAMARO Andy Porterfield 44 Laps 15.GTO
16 14 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Russ Romer 42 Laps 16.GTO
17 89 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Walter Benson 41 Laps 17.GTO
18 39 PORSCHE 930S 009 0005 Jim Torres 41 Laps 18.GTO
19 93 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Gary Held 38 Laps 19.GTO
20  3 FORD MUSTANG Scott Pruett 37 Laps 20.GTO
21 51 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Rick Ware 35 Laps 21.GTO
22 76 CHEVROLET CAMARO 861 Jack Baldwin 23 Laps 22.GTO
23 47 FORD THUNDERBIRD Danny May 13 Laps 23.GTO
24  6 CHEVROLET CAMARO Craig Gustavson 13 Laps 24.GTO
25 28 CHEVROLET CAMARO Bill Adam 12 Laps 25.GTO
26 20 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Brian Wold 6 Laps 26.GTO

Cars that did not start

    7 OLDSMOBILE TORONADO Irv Hoerr GTO
   35 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Mike Downs GTO
   68 CHEVROLET CAMARO Bruce Sanders GTO
   72 PORSCHE 944GTR Bruce Jenner GTO
   83 MERCURY CAPRI Vic Manuelli GTO

Toyota made the show


A fine 28 car field would show up at the twisty road course. It would another Chevrolet versus Toyota battle, which was kind of dramatically with a 2 point lead for Chevrolet prior to the race. Ford was hoping a victory with Scott Pruett still at home with his Mustang. Jack Baldwin would stick his Chevrolet Camaro on the pole, just ahead of Scott Pruett. The two Toyota Celicas, driven by Chris Cord and Willy T Ribbs were on the second row. Wally Dallenbach was next, followed by Bob Earl's Pontiac Fiero. The race would have to be very tough. The start of the race saw Scott Pruett thundering into the lead ahead of Jack Baldwin. While every car would rub paint as they went through the right hander, which was very tight. Willy T Ribbs would have his valve stem from his right-front tire broken. It meant that he had to stop for a new tire. He was back in 25th position. Scott Pruett was in the lead, and was running strong. By the second lap, his lead was 2.11s, it would jump to 8.47s after 7 laps. Chris Cord, in third place, was to get past Jack Baldwin whose car was starting to fade on lap 14. The Chevrolet Camaro would retire with a blown engine on lap 23. Chris Cord was gaining on Scott Pruett and would close in on the Ford Mustang. When traffic came into play, the situation seemed to reverse. Then things would change suddenly on lap 36 when Scott Pruett apparently went into the wall, following a blown right-front tire. The car was badly damaged and he had to retire. Chris Cord was the new leader of the race, followed by Bob Earl. In his Pontiac Fiero. But the race was over and Chris Cord had just to let it go to the chequered. Someone behind was putting a show : Willy T Ribbs was just 2s faster than everyone! He would climb up the standings and get past Dennis Aase on lap 15, then Roger Mandeville on lap 17, Darin Brassfield on lap 22, Bruce Jenner on lap 24, Greg Pickett and Tom Gloy on lap 35 and then Wally Dallenbach. He ended up third overall, but would have certainly won, had he not been forced to pit on lap one. He made a terrific show, and proved he could have won easily.