Canadian driver Andrew Ranger, driving the No. 53 Waste Management Bagster Dodge, came from last place on the grid to win the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race, the feature event of the seventh annual iON Camera Utah Grand Prix at Miller Motorsports Park.
Ranger, a two-time championship winner in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, took the victory in only his second appearance this year in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. The afternoon’s qualifying session was rained out, forcing the field to be gridded by championship point standings. As a result, despite having been fourth in practice, Ranger started last on the grid. He quickly mounted a charge through the field and, even after making an early pit stop for fuel on Lap 16, was up to fifth within a couple of laps.
Greg Pursley, who was going for his fourth consecutive win at MMP, assumed the lead in his No. 26 Gene Price Motorsports Ford when his teammate Cameron Hayley stopped for fuel on Lap 21. Pursley built a huge lead of more than nine seconds in a race that went green for the first 34 laps. He gave the lead back to Hayley when he made a pit stop with a tire going flat as the field restarted after the first caution.
Contact between Ranger and Hayley on Lap 47 led to a spin by Hayley and Ranger assumed the lead. Ranger then had to hold on in a green-white-checkered finish as Pursley was battling his way back to the front. Ranger beat Pursley to the finish by a margin of 1.632 seconds, with Dylan Lupton finishing third in the No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Vadio Ford.
Hometown favorite Michael Self of Salt Lake City, driving the No. 21 iON Camera/Golden Gate Racing Chevrolet, overcame a variety of misfortunes in the race, fighting back from more than a lap down to claim fourth place. Matt Tifft raced his way from 17th at the start to round out the top five in his No. 89 Doc 360 Chevrolet. Hayley, Daryl Harr, Austin Cameron, Derek Thorn and Carl Harr completed the top 10.
In the second of three races on the weekend for the Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy West series, Steve Miller was the Platinum class and overall winner. Steven Streimer was second and first in the Gold class. Alessandro Chiocchetti was third overall and second in Platinum, while Loren Beggs was fourth overall and second in Gold.
The seventh annual iON Camera Utah Grand Prix wrapped up Sunday at Miller Motorsports Park with races for the Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA West series and the Discount Tire/Air Power Racing Invitational.
Steve Miller, of Seattle, won his second Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA West in as many days in his No. 7 The Racers Group/Adobe Road Winery Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, which competes in the Platinum class. He used lapped traffic to pass early race leader Kevin Woods with two laps remaining in the 15-lap contest to seal the deal. Woods, the class points leader driving the No. 94 Truspeed Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, took the checkered flag 0.251 second in arrears. Alessandro Chiocchetti was third overall in the No. 49 Competition Motorsports entry and third in the Platinum class. Steven Streimer, driving a Gold Class entry prepared by Lux Performance, finished first in class at fourth overall. Class points leader Loren Beggs and John Scarlett, in sixth and seventh overall, respectively, completed the top three in the Gold Class.
Miller Motorsports Park offers a diverse lineup for next weekend, Sept. 21-22. The fifth annual CruiserFest event, a family-friendly gathering for owners and enthusiasts of the iconic Toyota Land Cruiser, will take place on MMP’s Rock-Crawling Course. Also on the schedule for the weekend is a road racing event for the Intermountain Region of the Porsche Club of America on the 4.5-mile Full Course, as well as Round 8 of the Utah Kart Championship at the Miller Kart Track. Ticket prices will be $6 for adults, with kids aged 12 and under admitted free of charge.