Sixth Pole of 2012 for La Rocca

June 30, 2012
Robert La Rocca (photo: Valet)

Millville, NJ – Robert La Rocca made it look easy, taking his sixth pole in seven attempts this year, out classing the F2000 field by more than a second around the 13-turn Thunderbolt complex. La Rocca, driving the HP-Tech Van Diemen easily out qualified Niki Coello, in a RFR, Kevin Kopp, in the WISKO F2000 Van Diemen, with Tim Minor following in fourth in a Citation chassis for Ski Motorsports.

La Rocca is the Championship points leader and may have the field covered coming to the green flag, scheduled for 11:50 a.m. local time.

Pushing the schedule back one hour was a massive Friday night storm that ripped through the paddock, eating its way through most awnings. Combined with a similar storm Thursday night, many teams are left without shade as temperatures are expected to peak in the high 90s later today.

The area is still without power, and generators have been fired up to run gas pumps, Series timing and scoring and more, with estimates of no electricity through Tuesday for the region as the storm left a reported 2 million people without power, according various reports.

Wyatt Gooden rounded out the top five for Quantum Racing Services, with Zach Craigo, Colin Daley - in his first start, Tim Paul, Nick Palacio and Chris Livengood completing the top ten.

Qualifying Results

Pos No. Name Best Tm Best Spd In Lap Diff Gap 1 10 Robert LaRocca 1:18.395 103.323 6 - - 2 81 Niki Coello 1:19.452 101.948 9 +1.057 +1.057 3 66 Kevin Kopp 1:19.981 101.274 4 +1.586 +0.529 4 88 Tim Minor/M 1:20.044 101.194 1 +1.649 +0.063 5 6 Wyatt Gooden 1:20.140 101.073 6 +1.745 +0.096 6 18 Zach Craigo 1:20.647 100.438 1 +2.252 +0.507 7 13 Collin Daley 1:20.837 100.202 2 +2.442 +0.190 8 06 Tim Paul 1:21.197 99.757 8 +2.802 +0.360 9 5 Nick Palacio 1:21.825 98.992 3 +3.430 +0.628 10 37 Chris Livengood 1:22.123 98.633 2 +3.728 +0.298 11 99 Jason Rabe 1:22.147 98.604 2 +3.752 +0.024 12 25 Jeff McCusker/M 1:22.489 98.195 3 +4.094 +0.342 13 39 Paul Alspach 1:22.623 98.036 4 +4.228 +0.134 14 9 Jose Montiel 1:23.213 97.341 2 +4.818 +0.590 15 67 Dave Weitzenhof/M 1:23.653 96.829 6 +5.258 +0.440 16 19 John Brumder/M 1:24.312 96.072 2 +5.917 +0.659 17 90 Robert Wright/M 1:24.724 95.605 1 +6.329 +0.412 18 47 Chris Monteleone 1:25.173 95.101 3 +6.778 +0.449 19 4 Dennis McCarthy 1:27.362 92.718 2 +8.967 +2.189 20 46 Doug Rocco 1:27.841 92.212 1 +9.446 +0.479 21 61 Tom Drake/M 1:33.885 86.276 3 +15.490 +6.044 22 17 John LaRue/M -.--- - 0 - -