Prather Completes Perfect Season With Seventh SCCA National Championship

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ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Sept. 24, 2011) – Seven-time National Champion Kent Prather, of Wakarusa, Kan., cruised to victory in the GT-Lite race during the 48th SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America. Peter Shadowen, of Riviera Beach, Fla., and Brian Downey, of Bristow, Va., joined Prather on the podium, respectively.

Prather started from the Gumout pole in the No. 26 Prather Racing/Mazdaspeed/Moss Motorsports/Goodyear Mazda Miata and was side-by-side with Bobby Lentz, of Chantilly, Va., in the No. 60 FGR/Auto Expectations/Goodyear Nissan Sentra SER in Turn One at the race start. Coming out of Turn One, Lentz had the lead and held it for the first lap. Lentz had a transmission issue on lap two, which forced him out of the race.

When Lentz pulled into pit lane, Prather inherited the race lead and continued to string together fast race laps. Prather turned the Hawk Fastest Race Lap of the race with a 2:35.100 (92.843 mph), opening up a lead of more than eight seconds over the field by lap six of the 13-lap race. Prather was never seriously challenge over the remaining seven laps and cruised to a 3.398-second win over the defending GT-Lite National Champion Shadowen.

“My kid, Jesse, three-time National Champion, told me, ‘Dad make sure you beat him [Lentz] into Turn One,’” Prather said. “So, I did. Then, Bobby got right up next to me. We went down into Turn Three and he was right next to me. We went down the straight into [Turn] 5 and I could see he was going to outbrake me. So, I let him go. Then, I decided this might not be so bad. I was drafting him on the back side and I thought I would just back off here and see what happens on the front straight.

“I pulled up on him on the front straight. I knew I could draft by. So I said, ‘why don’t we just get away from the other cars.’ I saw that big black wide car holding them all up [behind us]. I said, ‘I’m going to use Bobby and we’re going to get away from these guys and we’re going to duke it out later on.’

“We got going and then, I think it was the third lap, all of a sudden going into the Carousel, he missed a shift. Apparently, he broke his gear box. He pulled off, like the gentleman he is and I just took off. Then, that was that. I just started hitting my marks. It started to rain a little bit and I knew Peter [Shadowen] was coming because I could see the yellow [car] back there. My wife kept giving me my gap. It would be six [seconds], then it would be seven, then it would be six, then it would be five. I decided to stay off the paint, get down in the brake areas properly, hit my marks, and make sure he didn’t catch me.”

Prather’s car, which was a 185,000-mile street car before being converted into a racecar, has now won Championships in three different classes. Son Jesse Prather won three titles with the car – F Production in 2006 and 2007, E Production in 2008 and now GT-Lite with Kent behind the wheel in 2011.

It was Prather's seventh National Championship. He is one of two drivers to win Championships at Road Atlanta, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Road America, the other being Michael Lewis. Prather's previous six titles came in G Production, driving an MGA.

Prather Racing would like to thank its sponsors for their continued support, including ARP, Carbotech, Goodyear Tires, Mazdaspeed, Moss Motors, Torco Advanced Lubricants, Total Seal Rings and Venolia Pistons.

Now in its 48th year, the SCCA National Championship Runoffs annually crowns Champions in the Sports Car Club of America’s Club Racing classes. The live broadcast of all 28 National Championship races will be available throughout the weekend at and later available On Demand from the same site.

Image: Kent Prather takes a victory lap with crew (l-r) Robert Montgomery, Kathy Prather and Joey Smith.


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