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DATE News (chronologically)
07/05/08
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Antinucci holds off Matos in race 2  Richard Antinucci, who finished second to Raphael Matos in the first race of the same-day doubleheader at Watkins Glen International, turned the tables in Race 2.

Antinucci, driving the No. 7 Lucas Oil/Sam Schmidt Motorsports car, charged from the fifth starting position to win the second of the Corning Duels by 0.7202 of a second over Matos. The top six finishers in Race 1 were inverted on the grid for Race 2.

Antinucci overtook teammate Ana Beatriz in Turn 1 of a Lap 9 restart for the point and maintained the advantage for the remaining 20 laps. Beatriz finished third, Logan Gomez was fourth and Pablo Donoso fifth.

Results

Pos

SP Car Driver Laps Behind Running/Reason Out
1 5 7 Antinucci, Richard 29 0.0000 Running
2 6 27 Matos, Raphael 29 0.7202 Running
3 3 20 Beatriz, Ana 29 8.9378 Running
4 1 23 Gomez, Logan 29 11.4922 Running
5 2 22 Donoso, Pablo 29 12.0037 Running
6 4 2 Simmons, Jeff 29 12.2133 Running
7 7 26 Luyendyk Jr, Arie 29 12.8221 Running
8 16 54 Lee, Matt 29 15.2042 Running
9 19 25 Hildebrand, JR 29 15.7021 Running
10 13 4 Guthrie, Sean 29 19.7480 Running
11 21 11 Davison, James 29 22.3603 Running
12 12 33 Cunningham, Mitch 29 23.0631 Running
13 11 5 Prendeville, Andrew 29 23.4766 Running
14 14 16 Sherman, Brent 29 33.5614 Running
15 8 6 Herrington, Daniel 29 45.7657 Running
16 15 8 Olson, Mark 29 62.0276 Running
17 18 55 Perera, Franck 20 33.5583 Running
18 9 18 Allemann, Cyndie 18 - Contact
19 20 17 Wilson, Bobby 7 - Contact
20 17 15 Battistini, Dillon 6 - Contact
21 10 9 Reid, Jonny 0 - Contact

Unofficial Driver Points

Driver                Points
Richard Antinucci 307
Raphael Matos 278
Dillon Battistini 265
J.R. Hildebrand 238
Arie Luyendyk Jr. 238
Ana Beatriz 234
Jeff Simmons 226
Logan Gomez 199
Brent Sherman 186
Pablo Donoso 184


CORNING DUELS RACE 2 POST-RACE QUOTES:

RICHARD ANTINUCCI (No. 7 Lucas Oil/Sam Schmidt Motorsports, first): “We were good on cold tires. During the first few laps of the morning race, I noticed we were quicker than (Raphael) Matos on cold tires. We had a really good car. We had new tires while Matos and (Jeff) Simmons had scuffed tires. That might have helped us with the hotter tempratures. In the long run it hurt us, but it was enough at the end to win.”

RAPHAEL MATOS (No. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc., second): “I don't think we had a strong car on the restarts. I almost spun on the last restart in Turn 10, and Ana Beatriz got a run on me. It's just too bad because I think AFS/Andretti Green Racing gave me a strong car. I was catching Richard (Antinucci) at the end, but we just ran out of time.”

ANA BEATRIZ (No. 20 Healthy Choice/Sam Schmidt Motorsports, third): “Unfortunately, I had oversteer in the race car and lost the first position. It was really very good to lead a race again. I have to thank the Healthy Choice crew and all the Healthy Choice guys that came here to watch me today. And, for sure, my managers that couldn’t be here this time. Another podium – I wish they were here with me celebrating.”

LOGAN GOMEZ (No. 23 Menards Guthrie Racing, fourth): “I think it went pretty well. We started the day 10th in the first race and moved up to sixth, and they inverted our position and put us on pole and we were able to hold onto fourth, so it’s definitely the right direction that we want to go. We weren’t involved in any accidents, which seemed pretty easy to do. Other than that, the team was great. Darrell Soppe has been working on the setup and improved it throughout the weekend, so I’m really happy with that. It’s great to have IZOD on board, this is their big race. It’s good to get a top-five in front of them. Hopefully we’ll go into the next race, Nashville - I got second there last year, so maybe we can win a guitar, who knows.”

PABLO DONOSO (No. 22 TMR-Cristal-Xtreme Coil Drilling, fifth): “I started second. I think I did the correct thing. I gave a space to Logan (Gomez), and he was more focused on me than on the inside so we got Ana (Beatriz) and Antinnuci on the inside. I gave a space to Antinnuci, but I don’t know why he put me on the curb. He made me lose three spots. Now I know how he runs. He doesn’t need to run with me like that because I gave a space to him. But anyway, a top-five is good for the team, and I was fighting hard with Jeff (Simmons). It was a good race, and it’s more points for the championship, so we’re going to see what happens.”

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