TOOELE VALLEY -- The August 20-21 weekend at Miller Motorsports Park included Round 5 of both the Miller Park Racing Association presented by Sunoco Race Fuels and the Masters of the Mountains motorcycle series, as well as Round 10 of the 15-round Utah Kart Championship presented by Sunoco Race Fuels.
In MPRA Group 1 action, David Sherman picked up a pair of wins in the Super Production class, while Todd Green bested Tyler Dahl both days in the Spec Miata category, Saturday's race being decided by 0.176 second after a door-banging run to the checkered flag. In the Touring Class, Don Brown and Bill Norblitt swapped the top two spots, Norblitt winning Saturday and Brown winning on Sunday.
In Group 2, Chris Vivolo and Braden Miller each took a win in the Mustang Challenge class, while Kenneth Greenburg won on both Saturday and Sunday in the SuperSports class. The GT3 class ran on Saturday only, with Mark Keeton claiming the victory.
For the Group 3 open-wheel cars, Bodee Gay was victorious on Saturday while John LaBrie was first to the checkers on Sunday.
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In the Masters of the Mountains series, Jesse Sherstan from Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada, took wins in both the premier King of the Mountain middleweight and superbike classes during a hot Round 5 weekend.
Focusing on riding a superbike this season, Sherstan took the grid for the first time this year in the King of the Mountain GTU middleweight class. Starting from the back row, he got a great start and was second going into the first turn behind points leader Scott Decker. Sherstan passed Decker on lap 4 and led to the checkered flag for a win by less than half a second.
In the premier superbike class, King of the Mountain GTO, Sherstan led flag-to-flag battling Jeff Stern of Las Vegas, with Sherstan finishing by just .007 second and taking the hard-fought win.
"I didn't get a lot of practice on the big bike, so the GTO race was the first time I could get out and put the hammer down all weekend," said Sherstan. "I got a good start and tried to control the pace a little, but Jeff was right behind me almost the entire race. This win puts me into the points lead for the season championship, which is great."
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In Round 10 of the Utah Kart Championship presented by Sunoco Race Fuels, class winners were as follows:
- Junior I 4-Cycle: Tevin Robbins
- Junior II 4-Cycle: Casey Straub
- Senior 4-Cycle: Amanda Douglas (by 0.166 second over Brycen Lee)
- Rotax Junior: Alex Yates
- Rotax MiniMax: John Pardee (by 0.519 second over McKay Snow)
- Rotax International: Michael Self
- Rotax Masters: Hobie Smith (by 0.715 second over Troy Smith)
- Spec Heavy: Ryan Pool
- Spec Light: Colby Yardley
- MicroMax: Payton Durrant (by 0.447 second over Sean Groenstein)
- Sportsman: TJ Thorne
- Super Sportsman: John Ernst
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Next Saturday, August 27, Round 7 of the MMP Speedway Karts and Quarter-Midgets series will take place at the Miller Kart Track.
On Labor Day weekend, September 3-4, Miller Motorsports Park will host Bike Fest 2011. This weekend will give fans a chance to enjoy the past, present and future of motorcycle racing. The past is represented by the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association's Bonneville Vintage Grand Prix, featuring bikes ranging from the 1940s (and, in some cases, older) to the 1980s. MMP's own Masters of the Mountains series, organized by the Utah Sport Bike Association, represents the state of the art in contemporary sport bike racing. Representing what may well be the future of two-wheel tech is the TTXGP series, the world's premier electric motorcycle championship, making its first appearance at MMP. The development of electric motorcycles - particularly electric racing motorcycles - is in its infancy, and we are thrilled to be able to be a part of the growth of this exciting technology.
Also, on Wednesday, September 7, from 4-8 p.m., as part of our final Wide Open Wednesday of the season, Miller Motorsports Park will be hosting Drive Away Hunger, a charity event designed to support the Tooele Food Bank, which has recently been struggling to stay open due to lack of food donations. Drive Away Hunger allows fans to drive their street car on the racetrack under controlled conditions in exchange for a donation of food or cash. For further information, visit www.MillerMotorsportsPark.com.
For ticket and facility information, visit www.MillerMotorsportsPark.com or call 435-277-RACE (7223).