Road Atlanta, Flowery Branch, GA
Trans Am returns to Road Atlanta as Series nears finish line on Sunday, November 3, 2013
Lawrence extends TA2 victory streak to six, Napieralski wins American Muscle Group, Seuss takes International Group Championship
TA3 experienced an exhilarating day of Chevrolet versus Ford racing courtesy of Todd Napieralski, in the #39 TPR/SKF/Tremec/BackstreetPerformance Chevrolet Camaro and Steve Kent, JR., in the #17 XLR8Diesel Trucks/SKS Equipment Ford Mustang, in the American Muscle subgroup.
Napieralski would begin the race on pole and was able to hold off Kent for four laps before being overtaken by the #17 Mustang. The duo would go back and forth throughout the race for a total of eight lead changes in the American Muscle Group - with multiple reports of contact coming from around the track.
Steve Kent would hold the lead going into the full-course caution, and with only two laps under green at the end, Napieralski made a move to overtake Kent and succeeded, only to be overtaken immediately. On the very last lap of the race, Napieralski managed to just barely power the #39 Camaro past Kent for the victory, and although he came away with the victory, he was not thrilled with the process.
“I’ve got to keep my emotions in check right now,” Napieralski said. “It was certainly an interesting battle. I’ll leave it at that. Once he made it clear that that kind of game was on, you have to defend yourself. It definitely wasn’t gentlemen racing out there, but we just dealt with what we had and managed the car. The race was a battle, and before the contact started it was a great battle and a clean race, and after the contact it changed the demeanor of it all.”
“There were spots where he was faster, but there were spots where I was faster. It was just a matter of being consistent and smooth; after the caution we had two laps and I knew I was faster coming down the hill and had to make a move and was fortunate to hold on. But that’s racing and you just have to learn what your competitors do and go from there.”
The victory was Napieralski’s second in two Trans Am appearances.