The final races of the 2011 season for the Miller Park Racing Association presented by Sunoco Race Fuels took place on October 8-9 at Miller Motorsports Park. (Photo courtesy Miller Motorsports Park / Jeremy Henrie).TOOELE - The October 8-9 weekend at Miller Motorsports Park included the final round of the seven-round Miller Park Racing Association presented by Sunoco Racing Fuel (MPRA). The final round of the MMP Quarter-Midget Championship was also scheduled but was rained out and will not be rescheduled.
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The final round of the 2011 season for the MPRA took place on the 4.5-mile Full Course, the only time during the season that MMP's longest circuit is used. Each round includes two races, one on Saturday and one on Sunday.
In Group 1, which includes the Spec Miata, Touring and Super Production classes, two drivers swept both races. Todd Clark won his sixth and seventh races of the season in the Spec Miata class, putting a cap on his class championship. Troy Duffin finished second both days, while Mike Ferrara finished third on Saturday and Sean Haling took the final podium spot on Sunday. In the Super Production class, Douglas Turnquist won both days' races, making it nine wins for the season and sealing the class championship. David Sherman followed him to the checkered flag in both races. In the Touring Class, Elias Hank was victorious on Saturday, while Les Long won on Sunday. Class champ Don Brown was second on both days.
Group 2 includes the SuperSports, GT, GT3 and Mustang Challenge classes. Madison Snow, the 15-year-old phenom from Pleasant Grove who recently clinched the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge national championship, won the SuperSports class both days, followed by his father, Martin Snow, on Saturday and Grand-Am Rolex Series regular John Potter on Sunday. Class champ Al Tiley finished seventh on Saturday and fourth on Sunday. In GT, J.R. Smith was victorious on both days, leading class champ Clark Dodson on Saturday and George Smith on Sunday. Jeff Morgan won the GT3 class on Saturday, with Vesko Kosarov winning on Sunday. Dave Welsch won the GT2 class both days, and Richard Hale won the Mustang Challenge class on both days.
Group 3 was bursting at the seams this weekend, with a number of drivers coming to town with their Radical sports racers from their usual hangout at Spring Mountain Raceway in Nevada. In the Open Wheel class, Bodee Gay won on Saturday, with Randy Mitchell being first to the checkers on Sunday. In the Sports Racer Ulimate class, Dave Tweedle was victorious on Saturday, with Bob Majorino taking the honors on Sunday. Chris Farrell, the Sports Racer class champ, won the Sports Racer Invitational class on both days, with the Sports Racer SR3 class honors being claimed by Ethan Stone on Saturday and John Thompson on Sunday.
The MPRA is done for the season, but a non-points, "fun" three-hour enduro will be held on the 3.05-mile Outer Course on Saturday, October 29.
2011 Class Champions, Miller Park Racing Association presented by Sunoco Racing Fuels:
Spec Miata: Todd Green, Salt Lake City, 1990 Mazda Miata
Touring: Don Brown, Park City, Utah, 1995 Mazda Miata
Super Production: Douglas Turnquist, Taylorsville, Utah, 1988 Porsche 930
SuperSports: Al Tiley, Salt Lake City, 2001 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
GT: Clark Dodson, Salt Lake City, 1984 Chevrolet Corvette
GT3: Randy Gibb, Orem, Utah, 2003 Acura RSX
Mustang Challenge: Chris Vivolo, Durango, Colo., 2008 Ford Mustang FR500S
Open Wheel: John LaBrie, Draper, Utah, 2010 Phoenix Race Works F1K10
Sports Racer: Chris Farrell, Salt Lake City, 2008 Stohr WF1
This Saturday, October 15, the Utah Kart Championship will hold the penultimate race of its 15-round 2011 season at the Miller Kart Track.
For ticket and facility information, visit www.MillerMotorsportsPark.com or call 435-277-RACE (7223).