Coming back from the first DNF of his Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli Careers last weekend, Mike Schein made a strong statement at Road America on Friday, setting a new track record to capture his third TA2 Motul Pole Award of the season. did.
The Charlotte, NC, driver clocked a 2:11.540-second lap in the No. 1 Liqui-Moly/Turn 14 Distribution Chevrolet Camaro to secure the 10th pole of his career, ninth in TA2 competition, 38-car field Leading in.
The earlier record, 2:12.207-seconds, was set by two-time champion Cameron Lawrence in 2020.
“It’s awesome, we knew we were fast, but we didn’t know we were going to be that fast,” Schein said. “We’ve had a great car since we took off, and we’re looking for a nice clean race tomorrow to get back in the points.”
Skne is 35 points behind points-leader Rafa Matos, 147–112, five points outstanding with second-placed Thomas Merrill.
Merrill clocked second fastest, 2:11.991, but his number 81 HP Tuner/Mike Koop Racing Ford Mustang went into Turn 8 late in the session with a mechanical.
“Thankfully we have a four-mile race track to stretch ourselves nice and quickly,” Merrill said. “It gave the front runners at least enough laps to put them down a few without issue. I think in the end we had something for Mike (Skein), but unfortunately, we had a mechanical problem. Full credit to Mike; that was a big lap they put together.”
Matos, with a flag-to-flag win at Mid-Ohio, finished third in the No. 88 3-dimensional Services Ford Mustang with a 2:12.095-second gap, but was disqualified later on his lap. Tha- Qualifying Tech (Splitter Height). Matos will now start at the back of the grid for Saturday’s 100-mile sprint.
Sam Meyer leads a crew of up-and-coming NASCAR drivers. Meyer was promoted to a third-place start, finishing the season in the No. 8 SLR Camaro with a best time of 2:12.770-seconds.
TeamSLR moved from third to fifth, with series regular Conor Mosack fourth in the 28th Nick Taylor Camaro and series debutant Austin Green fifth in the No. 96 Camaro. Cup Series regular Austin Dillon No. 92 did not go into qualifying at the K&L Ready Mix/M1-SLR Fields Camaro.
Scott Borchetta, Ty Gibbs, Ed Sewadjian, Rhett Barkau and Riley Herbst rounded out the top 10 for Saturday’s race.
NASCAR veteran Ryan Newman, an 18-time Cup Series winner who made his Trans Am debut, was 19th, 2:14.610-seconds in the No. 26 Mike Cope Race Cars Mustang.
Mark Bramond, a two-time 2021 Pro-Am winner at Sgt, is filling in for Jordan Bup at the No. 83 Stevens-Miller Racing Camaro. He did not participate in qualifying, which would put him at the back of the 38-car field.
Schein will flag off the ground for the start of the TA2 race on Saturday at 4:45 p.m. CT. The day begins with TA qualifying at 8:20 am, followed by XGT/SGT/GT qualifying at 8:40 am. The TA/SGT/SGT/GT Race is scheduled to start at 8 am on Sunday.