26 Winners Crowned In Western Conference
Clement Lee drove his No. 33 RM Autosports Spec Miata to a win on Saturday with a pass after entering the banking for the final time. On Sunday, he reversed positions, but still knew how to utilize that final run for a win.
Lee and Mark Drennan’s No. 10 NoWifeNoKids/Hooverspeed/Riverbed Mazda Miata steadily and systematically worked away from a lead pack that was as high as nine cars at one point during the race. Each led throughout, with Lee moving into the lead on the banking just after getting the one to go board.
Drennan looked for an opportunity to reclaim the lead, but Lee had enough of a gap as he entered the banking to stay in front at the checkers.
The battle for third was as large as seven cars with just two laps to go. Ken Sutherland claimed the final podium spot in the No. 94 MiataCage.com/Wyatt Fire Protection Miata, followed by Mark Lange’s No. 14 Parallel Technology/RM Autosports Miata and Brian Ghidinelli’s No. 12 RaceHero.io/MotorsportReg.com/TFB Miata.
Chris Farrell earned the Prototype 1 win on Sunday after coming up short through traffic on Saturday. The No. 58 C&M Manufacturing/ GDR Engines/Hoosier Tires/Stohr Cars Stohr WF-1 inherited the lead on lap four when polesitter Lee Alexander slowed his No. 48 Factory 48/APE Raceparts Stohr WF-0 and pulled to pit lane. Alexander rejoined a lap down, but Farrell ran unchallenged to victory.
Behind Farrell, Ken Davis was cruising to a Formula Atlantic weekend sweep in the No. 64 Davis Stone Ralt RT-40. David Ferguson swept Prototype 2 in the No. 75 Veracity Racing Data Stohr WF-1/Suzuki, as did Dutch Schultz in his Formula Mazda No. 44 Point B Real Estate Services Formula Mazda.
The GT-Lite battle was a mix of two very different machines – the No. 44 Nissan Sentra of John Bower and the famous No. 77 Huffaker Engineering Huffaker MINI of Joe Huffaker. Throughout the race, Bower had the advantage on the oval portion of the racetrack, but Huffaker closed the gap and took the lead through the infield. The scenario played out almost every lap until, on lap 15, they encountered lapped traffic. Huffaker ran out of room and was forced off track, falling behind far enough that he couldn’t close the gap. Bower stayed in front to the checkered flag.
In GT-2, Michael Von Quilich reversed his fortunes from Saturday. The No. 47 Apartments247.com/RVParks247.com/StorageRentals247.com SRT Viper ACRX held the serve from start to finish over the No. 01 Main Straight Racing/Michelin Porsche GT3 of Tom Wickersham to take the win.
Josh Carroll rode away with the E Production win the No. 17 Endsight Mazda RX-7 for the second straight day, leading flag to flag for a weekend sweep, and Chris Qualls matched that feat in American Sedan behind the wheel of the No. 73 Hasa Chemical/B&D Racing/Goodyear Ford Mustang.
Lee Niffenegger had to pedal his No. 42 Honda Racing/HPD/BFGoodrich Tires Honda Civic Si hard to get away from the No. 24 Honda Racing/HPD/BFGoodrich Tires Honda Civic Si sister car driven by Mathew Staal, but once in the clear earned his second win of the weekend.
Bob Schader drove his No. 5 Hoosier Tire/MiataCage.com Mazda Miata to a 10.870-second win in Super Tour Lite to complete a flag to flag weekend sweep in the class. Jason Isley bettered that performance in H Production, winning on consecutive days in the No. 99 TRD/Hoosier/OS Giken/Racer.com/Driven Racing Oil Toyota Yaris by over 30 seconds each time. Derrick Ambrose was a two-time B-Spec winner to open the season, grabbing trophies in the No. 71 CorkSport Mazda Performance/Monarch Inspections/BFGoodrich Tires MAZDA2.