Saathoff and Stoa qualify

Saathoff and Stoa qualify

A pair of former winners raced their way back into the starting field of 12 for Saturday’s Harris Auto Racing Race of Champions.

1997 and 1998 RoC winner Johnny Saathoff topped his heat while 2005 winner Kevin Stoa qualified by finishing second in his.

Other heat winners were Jake Durbin, Mark Elliott, Michael Smith, Brad Pounds and Jeremy Mills. Joining Stoa as runners-up were Jesse Richter, Jeremy Frenier, Jordan Grabouski, Dylan Smith and Todd Shute.

Saathoff will make his career ninth RoC start, Stoa his sixth and Shute his fourth.

Two-time qualifiers are Durbin, Elliott and Grabouski. Richter, Michael Smith, Frenier, Pounds, Dylan Smith and Mills are all first-timers.