Eighteen-year-old Noah Gragson of Las Vegas grabbed his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series West victory of the season – and the third of his two-year career – on Saturday afternoon at Utah Motorsports Campus. In the first of two races on the weekend, Gragson’s No. 7 Speed Vegas/Alert ID/Colliers International Ford Fusion posted a 1.086-second margin of victory over the No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota Camry of series points leader Todd Gilliland.
Second-year driver gets first win of season, third of career
Ryan Partridge, who came into the race second in points, started the 36-lap race around the 3.048-mile Outer Course on pole in the No. 9 Eibach Springs/Sunrise Ford/Lucas Oil Ford Fusion and led the first 21 laps before being passed by Gilliland, but pitted on the next lap with a cut tire. He returned to finish ninth, the last car on the lead lap.
Gragson got past Gilliland on Lap 27 to take a lead he would never relinquish. Taking the final spot on the podium was Gracin Raz in the No. 27 Montana Tech Ford, with Julia Landauer in the No. 54 Curb Records Toyota and Riley Herbst in the No. 19 NOS Energy Drink Toyota filling out the top five.
The Utah Region of the National Auto Sport Association held races for its Thunder and Lightning amateur sports car classes prior to the NASCAR race. In the Lighting Group, winners were as follows: GTS2, Chris Haunold; PTE, Todd Green; Spec Miata, Chris Bond; Spec Z, Arthur Golebiowski; Thunder Roadster, JD Stull; and Spec 944, Greg Troester. In the Thunder Group, class winners were: GTS2, Mark Reichman; GTS3, Jeff Burton; GTS4, Darrell Troester; Super Touring 1, Bob Evans; Super Touring 3, Todd Ainsworth; Super Unlimited, Steve Burns.
The final race of the day was the weekend’s only appearance for the United States Touring Car Championship. Taking the overall and GT class wins was Daniel Akhromstev in the No. 16 BMW M3, coming home more than a minute ahead of second overall and ST winner Brad McClure in the No. 19 Porsche 911. Third overall, a similar distance back, was TC class winner Michael Shawhan in the No. 22 BMW 330i. Patrick Chio (No. 88 Nissan 350Z) and Rob Valtierra (No. 3 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3) completed the top five, and Larry Bani took the SP class win in sixth overall in his No. 35 BMW M3.
The action concludes tomorrow with the final races for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and the two NASA Utah classes. NASCAR qualifying is scheduled for 10:00 am, with their race taking the green flag at 2:15 pm.
General admission tickets for Sunday are priced at $30 for adults, with kids 12 and under admitted free of charge. There are numerous options available, including racing plus dinner at Rodizio Grill ($45) and Patio Seating ($60) as well as VIP and RV/camping options.
As a way to say “thank you” to the residents of Tooele County for a successful season, UMC is offering a 50-percent discount on tickets to all county residents who provide proof of residency (driver’s license, power bill, phone bill, etc.). In addition, in recognition of September 11, UMC is offering two free General Admission tickets to any active or veteran military personnel or active first responder (police, fire, EMT) with a valid identification card.
Off the track, the UMC Kart Track will be open for kart rentals. The UMC concession stands, operated by Rodizio Grill, will be open for business throughout the weekend and the Rodizio Grill restaurant will be open for business from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm.
For event or ticket questions, or for information regarding Utah Motorsports Campus, browse this website or call 435-277-8000. For more information about the NASCAR K&N Pro Series west, visit their website at http://hometracks.nascar.com/races/KN-Pro-Series-West. For information on NASA Utah, visit their website at www.NASAUtah.com. For information on the United States Touring Car Championship, visit their website at www.USTCC.com.
Utah Motorsports Campus is managing the facility formerly known as Miller Motorsports Park on behalf of Tooele County while the procedures to sell the facility take place.
John Gardner, Public Relations Manager