Utah Miller Motorsports Park news 2008-10-21

MPRA, Karting Champions Crowned in Final 2008 Racing Weekend at Miller Motorsports Park TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (October 21, 2008) -- The 2008 racing season at Miller Motorsports Park came to its conclusion last weekend, October 17-19, with the...

MPRA, Karting Champions Crowned in Final 2008 Racing Weekend at Miller Motorsports Park

TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (October 21, 2008) -- The 2008 racing season at Miller Motorsports Park came to its conclusion last weekend, October 17-19, with the final rounds of the track's locally-based automobile road racing series, the Miller Park Racing Association (MPRA) and the Rodizio Grill Karting Championship presented by Valvoline.

For the MPRA, a regional racing series created and sponsored by Miller Motorsports Park to build local and regional car racing, the 10th and final round was comprised of two races for each class on the 4.5-mile Full Course, the only time this season they have competed on that configuration.

Championships were decided in 10 classes, the closest of which was in the Sports Racer class, where Chris Farrell edged Jeff Fishman by 13 points. In the Mustang Challenge class, two young drivers battled it out as Keenan Schmitke defeated Ben Crossland by 18 points. In the GT3 class, Toby Levitt took the title from Mark Keeton by 26 points. A race win is worth 30 points.

In the Rodizio Grill Karting Championship presented by Valvoline, the final round of the season was punctuated by hard racing, and a number of accidents, as contestants scrapped for every last available point toward the 11 class championships. The closest finish was in the Spec Heavy class, where Ryan Pool took the title by only two points over Todd Edgington. In the Senior 4-Cycle class, Amanda Douglas came from behind to defeat her father, Randy Douglas, by 10 points. Colby Yardley was the only driver to capture two championships, in the Junior Shifter 80/125 and Rotax Junior classes.

Both series have enjoyed significant increases in the number of new drivers this season, indicating a bright and successful future for amateur racing in Utah. Schedules for the 2009 racing season will be released in the near future.

"It's been a great season," said Mitch Wright, director of racing at Miller Motorsports Park. "Both the Miller Park Racing Association and our karting championships are continuing to grow and prosper, the racing has been great and the participants are enjoying themselves. It's very gratifying to see this facility realize its potential and the increase in amateur road racing, which was nonexistent in this area before we opened in 2006. We are looking forward to more of the same in 2009."

For tickets or information regarding Miller Motorsports Park, call 435-277-RACE (7223) or visit the track's website at www.MillerMotorsportsPark.com.

-credit: mmp

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Series Kart
Drivers Chris Farrell , Jeff Fishman , Keenan Schmitke