Lynx Racing teammates Bryan Sellers and Josh Hunt scored a pair of top-10 finishes in Saturday's Toyota Atlantic race at the Milwaukee Mile, the only oval on the Atlantic schedule for 2004.

Starting from 4th, Sellers - in his first-ever oval race in an Atlantic car -got boxed in and dropped a couple of spots to 6th, where he ran for most of the remainder of the race. An accident in the closing laps involving last year's Milwaukee winner, Ryan Dalziel, moved Sellers up to 5th. The race finished under waving yellows as the debris from the accident was cleaned up.

"It was just impossible to pass out there, and the way the aerodynamics of the car are this year due to the series rules, every car out there had at least a couple of big moments during the race," said the 21 year-old Ohio based driver. "The Lynx team gave me a good car, and we actually ran the second fastest lap of the race, so 5th-place finish isn't representative of our capabilities, but rather of the circumstances of the race."

Seller's teammate, 19 year-old Australian Karting sensation Josh Hunt also struggled through a long weekend at his first-ever race on an oval. After trying an experimental setup in qualifying that did not produce the intended results, Hunt started the race from 12th and drove a steady, cautious race his #15 Wright Patton Shakespeare-sponsored car to finish 9th - his third top-10 of the 2004 Atlantic season.

"The main aim of today was to focus on gaining race experience around an oval," said Hunt. "Throughout the race I learnt a lot about the affect of aerodynamics on an oval, especially when you are in a close battle. My car was pretty slippery and at times was a challenge to driver, a couple of times it made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. At the end of the race I was pleased with how my fitness held up, despite the g-forces my body endured I felt as fresh at the end of the race as I did when I started it. Another top ten finish is good especially considering it was my first race on an oval, a lot of experienced guys got caught out today."

The championship points battle among the Lynx teammates has an odd sort of symmetry; Sellers, who finished 5th, is tied (with Jonathan Bomarito) for 5th in the standings with 55 points. Hunt, who started 12th on the grid, is 12th in the points with 37. Currently leading is Danish former F3 star Ronnie Bremer with 73. Atlantic awards 31 points for a race with, and with nine races still left on the schedule, the battle for the 2004 Toyota Atlantic championship is still wide open.