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
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 SparkWraps.com/Prather
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.