SCCA Wraps Weekend At Summit Point
George Winkler’s No. 27 Ford Mustang Boss 302S in Touring 1 and Matthew Pullano’s No. 17 Chevrolet Corvette in Touring 2 each swept the weekend with wins on Sunday at Summit Point and extended their point leads.
In a reversal of Saturday, point leader Brian Kleeman’s No. 88 Nissan fell behind the No. 4 Nissan 350Z piloted by Rob Hines early in the 23-lap race. The two swapped the lead on lap four, and Kleeman worked to keep Hines behind for the duration to the checkered flag.
The Spec Racer Ford battle came down to three after 11 cars ran in a line for the opening stages of the race – the No. 17 SRF of Scott Rettich, the No. 7 SRF of Tray Ayres, and the No. 58 of defending National Champion Cliff White.
Running nose to tail, the trio swapped the lead position several times. With four laps to go and trying to pass lapped cars, Ayres fell just enough behind to fall out of the lead threat without help. It didn’t come, relegating him to a third-place finish behind the pair.
With Rettich leading, the stage was set for White to use the draft down the front straight for the final lap and grab the lead in the most popular passing zone for these cars. That plan was thwarted, however, when a car spun into the gravel trap in the corner.
White popped out to make the pass and seemed to have the run, but saw the local yellow being displayed and quickly pulled back into line. With the tight, twisty portion of the track remaining, Rettich held White at bay and took the checkers.
In the big bore group, Russ Snow drove away from the GT-2 field, ripping off a best lap of 1:14.504 to reset his own track record in the No. 20 Chevrolet Corvette. Amy Ruman’s No. 23 Chevrolet Corvette swept the weekend in GT-1 with yet another strong performance.
In GT-3, Steven Lustig drove his No. 51 Acura Integra to victory, breaking the 19-year old track record in the process, with a lap time of 1:19.340.
The day ended with a battle in E Production for the overall lead in the group. Kevin Leigh, who won on Saturday in his No. 97 BMW Z3, led early from the pole and appeared poised for another victory.
Steadily, though, Rick Kavitski cut into the gap through the latter stages of the race and with a few laps to go had his No. 2 Mazda Miata less than a second behind. That lead vacillated as the pair worked through traffic, with Leigh still in the lead.
Leigh was poised for victory anyway, but Kavitski spun in the final corner, still pushing hard. Kavitski stalled in the middle of the track and could only watch as Leigh raced to the checkers.