Mid-Season Report - Prather Cars Gaining Momentum
MGA Improved, Jesse Goes FP Racing

TOPEKA, Kan. (July 4, 2006) - Prather Racing has picked a fine time to gain momentum, with a string of victories in SCCA Club Racing competition with a variety of cars as summer begins and the 2006 National season hits its midpoint.

Never willing to rest on his laurels, Kent Prather completed a lengthy offseason rebuild of the venerable #26 Prather Racing/Moss Motors/Goodyear MGA that has carried him to a record six national championships. Most importantly, the car's historic front suspension has been completely redesigned and replaced.

Prather shook the car down for the first time in a series of exhibition laps at the vintage race in Hallet, Okla. at the beginning of June, a race that son Jesse took the Prather Racing vintage MGB to victory.

One week later, June 11, Kent gave the car its first test of the season at the biggest National Heartland Park Topeka has ever seen, with nearly 300 cars in attendance and a number of National Championship contenders. Prather was pleased with the car's performance, and despite a late-race spin to avoid another spinning car, Prather started his season off with a third place finish in G Production.

Less than a month later, Kent gave the MGA its first National win of the season July 3 at Hallet.

After planning to take the season off, Jesse Prather saw an opportunity he couldn't pass up--the F Production Mazda Miata he built for Chris Bovis two years ago. Jesse had planned to build a new car this offseason, but when Bovis' car became available, the decision was easy.

Starting in July meant Jesse had only four Midwest Division races to fulfill his requirements to make the Runoffs. His effort started out well, with a dramatic win in Hallet after 2005 Runoffs pole winner and early leader John Saurino suffered a mechanical failure in the last corner.

Jesse's win marked the third in the last four F Production races for a Prather Racing-powered car in the Midwest Division. Eric Prill scored wins at Mid America Motorplex (April) and Heartland (June) in his 1-800-FIGHT-MS/Prather Racing/Hoosier Lotus Super Seven. At Heartland, he topped both front row starters from the 2005 Runoffs—Saurino and Steve Sargis, and took a new track record. There were no F Production Prather Racing cars at Gateway in early May, meaning no possibility for four-straight.

Jesse and Kent will both attempt to continue their winning ways July 30 at Mid-America Motorplex, followed by Gateway (St. Louis, Mo.) on Aug. 13 and finally back at Heartland Park Topeka on Sept. 3.

For results from each race, please visit the Results section of the site.



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