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Racing: Peterson, Lawrence take home victories from BIR

Doug Peterson and Cameron Lawrence were among the winners in the Trans-Am Series over Labor Day weekend at Brainerd International Raceway during the 26th annual Muscle Car Shootout.

In TA, the group of Peterson, Tony Ave, Amy Ruman and defending champion Simon Gregg continued in that order through a pair of double yellow flags and past the checkered flag. The entire group finished within one and a half seconds of each other.

“I knew that I wanted to set a quick pace for the first few laps to create a bit of a gap between myself and the competition,” Peterson said in a news release. “Amy had a few issues early on so we were able to do that and I went into cruise control for a while.

“But then we did go under yellow and it brought everyone back together and Amy was very fast at the end of the race — I congratulated her on that, but fortunately we were able to hold position for the victory.“

The victory was the fifth of the year for Peterson, who holds a commanding points lead.

“I don’t know exactly where I am in the points, but we go race by race and hope for the best,” Peterson said. “The team really does a phenomenal job setting up these cars and that makes it easy for me.”

BIR owner Jed Copham finished fifth.

In TA2, Lawrence is now the class leader, Pete Halsmer moved up to second and Gregg Rodgers bore down on Halsmer. Despite Rodgers’ efforts, Halsmer was able to fend of the No. 33 Camaro and the trio crossed the finish line in that order.

“We knew that Robbie and Bob had run fast all weekend,” Lawrence said. “But I just focused on driving smart, and it eventually paid off.

“It’s great to take home another victory for Miller Racing, and going forward we’re just going to play it smart. We have a good point lead, and we’re going to keep the car in good shape. We don’t need to push for first place every time or that extra point for pole, so we’ll save the car and race smart like we always do.”

Lawrence walked away with the TA2 class track record of 1:33.779.

In the TA3 class, Trans-Am’s production class, David Suess and the Northern Light Camaro emerged victorious and with the track record, with Minnesota native Tim Gray, in second and Rob Bodle in third.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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