Prather Racing Cars Take Three More Class Wins At Hallett

HALLETT, Okla. (April 5, 2009) – Despite high winds and cold temperatures, Prather Racing had a winning and record-setting weekend, taking three class wins and recording a pair of track records at the SCCA Club Racing Green Country Grand Prix National race weekend.

Jesse Prather started the day off scoring his second E Production win in two weeks driving his #34 Moss Motors/Prather Racing Mazda Miata to a hard-fought triumph over Tom Thrash’s Mazda RX-7. Both Jesse and Tom ran the majority of the race under the track record, trading the lead early in a battle reminiscent of the 2008 National Championship Runoffs race. As was the case at the Runoffs, Jesse eventually took the lead for good, narrowly missing out on the track record.

In the GT-2 portion of the same race group, 16-year old phenom Crispin Beaver scored his first-ever SCCA race win in the #37 Phil’s Tire Service/Royal Purple Oil Mazda RX-7 with Prather Racing power. Andy Hauck re-joined the Prather Racing camp in his Porsche 911 GT3 to finish second. Bill Allman led early, but retired his #28 Car Star/MAZDASPEED Mazda RX-7 with transmission problems before the finish. All three drivers ran under the track record, with Beaver setting the mark at 1:19.617.

In Race Five, Eric Prill (#7 FIGHT-MS/Hoosier/Prather Racing Lotus Super 7) and Rick Harris (#8 WBR Graphics/Prather Racing Mazda Miata) re-enacted the 2008 Runoffs front row in F Production. They had a spirited battle in a race slowed by a lengthy caution with Prill taking the win and a new track record of 1:23.384. Bob Bramlage made it a Prather Racing top three sweep, taking third in his #83 Racing Mazda Miata.

Kent Prather started from the GT-Lite class pole in his #26 Moss Motors/Prather Racing Mazda Miata and led early, but was jumped on the restart by Keith Maloney’s Honda. Kent kept the pressure on, but couldn’t find a way by, finishing second.

Other Prather Racing customers competing over the weekend included Tim Johnson (fourth in ITA Mazda Miata Saturday and Sunday), Ron Davis (third in F Production in Saturday’s Regional) and Charlie Clark (third Sunday in his E Production Mazda RX-7).

Jesse remained perfect on the season with back-to-back wins at Gateway (March 28) and Hallet (April 5) to lead the Midwest Division SCCA point standings, with 24. Bramlage leads F Production over Harris, 19 to 9. Kent leads GT-Lite after two in-division races, with 21 points. Prill leads the Southwest Division in F Production, with 45 points after two wins and a second in the early Texas races.

The next SCCA event for the full Prather crew is the KVRG Double National at Heartland Park Topeka May 2-3.



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