SCCA Western States Wrap At High Plains
BYERS, Colo. – The Sports Car Club of America U.S. Majors Tour Mid-States Conference concluded Round Eight Sunday at the Freedom Sprints Presented by Mazda of Lakewood at High Plains Raceway.
More than 100 racers were again met with warm temperatures in the 90s, but frequent cloud cover helped temper the heat.
After finishing second on Saturday, Michael Pettiford, of Louisville, Colo., opened the day with an overall and STL win in his No. 41 GO 4 IT Racing Schools/Hoosier Tires Volkswagen GLI over Saturday’s champ, Anthony Simmers. Pettiford went for the double in group five with his Touring 2 Corvette, but was passed on the final lap by Natha Waldbaum’s No. 51 Hutter Performance/Vettesport Chevrolet Corvette.
Also in group one, Matt Reynolds, of Fair Oaks, Texas, led all the way in his No. 74 Reynolds Brothers Racing/Race Engineering Mazda Miata to take Spec Miata for the second-straight day.
Immediately after that 30-minute timed race around the 2.55-mile High Plains Raceway circuit, Reynolds jumped into his E Production Reynolds Brothers Racing/Jesse Prather Motorsport Mazda Miata and led group two overall flag-to-flag for his fourth win of the weekend, clinching the E Production Conference Championship with two races remaining.
While Reynolds cruised to victory in E Production, there were fierce battles behind him. Rick Kosdrosky edged Mike Halbrook in the race for silver in EP, taking the position in his No. 77 Caterham 7 by 0.382-second.
In F Production, polesitter Eric Prill, of Topeka, Kan., saw Saturday winner Bill Hingston again get the early lead in his No. 08 Little Bill Racing/Mazdaspeed Mazda Miata, but unlike Saturday, Prill was resurgent. The pair frequently ran side-by-side and traded the lead before Prill was able to put his No. 27 Jesse Prather Motorsports/Hoosier/Hawk/Motul Mazda Miata ahead for good to take his second Mid-States Majors win of the season.
Stan Czacki, of Truth or Consequences, N.M., won his fifth Touring 4 Majors race of the year, despite losing the power steering in his No. 00 Whitehead/DGI/BFG/Summit/HPD/Cobalt Acura RSX Type S. Jerry Oleson, of Aurora, Colo., took his fourth-straight Conference H Production win in his Austin Healey Sprite.