Prather Returns to the Runoffs Podium

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Sept. 24, 2010) – Six-time SCCA National Champion Kent Prather made his triumphant return to the podium at the 47th Annual SCCA National Championship Runoffs Presented by Subway at Road America.

Following a successful test day on Saturday, Sept. 18th, the GT-Lite field had its first qualifying session on Monday. Kent set the early pace with a record-breaking 2:33.847 in his No. 26 Prather Racing/Moss Motors/Mazdaspeed/Goodyear Mazda Miata. While the time was later eclipsed by the Honda CRX of Peter Shadowen, Kent remained second on the provisional grid.

Kent stood on that time to eventually start the race in fourth place—the first non-Honda CRX—on the grid for Friday’s race.

Race day brought different weather than anyone had seen all week. A front moved through, bringing high winds (gusting to 40 mph) and cool temperatures, meaning much of the week’s setup data did not apply for the most important part of the week.

Prather Racing was up to the challenge though, and when the dust settled on the 13-lap, 52-mile Championship race event, Kent had moved up to claim the bronze medal, behind a pair of Honda CRXs.

“The race went really well,” Kent said. “I was right up on those guys and then it looked like they started to get away from me a bit. The guy behind me started passing me in Canada Corner and slowed us up, so then I decided I needed to do something to get away from him. Once I got away from him, I was able to try and catch up. Then, all of a sudden, the water temperature went way up. Apparently I had some leaves in the grill. From that point on, it was just don’t make any mistakes and get on the podium.”

The third place marked the 13th time Kent has finished on the podium, which now ranks him eighth in the event’s history.

Prather Racing had several customers performing well at the Runoffs in other classes, including: Rick Harris (2nd in F Production), Bob Bramlage (4th in F Production) and Eric Prill (accident while running 2nd in F Production). Congratulations to all of them for great weeks!

Prather Racing would like to thank the following for their continued support throughout the 2010 racing season: Automotive Racing Products (ARP), Carbotech, Goodyear, Mazdaspeed, Moss, Torco Oil, Total Seal Rings and Venolia Pistons.


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