Souza Wins Wild NASCAR Camping World Series Race at Miller Motorsports Park TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (August 2, 2008) -- Todd Souza emerged atop a wild scramble to the finish at Miller Motorsports Park on Saturday to capture his first career victory...
Souza Wins Wild NASCAR Camping World Series Race at Miller Motorsports Park
TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (August 2, 2008) -- Todd Souza emerged atop a wild scramble to the finish at Miller Motorsports Park on Saturday to capture his first career victory in the NASCAR Camping World Series West.
Souza dashed into the lead on the final lap, as race leader Jim Inglebright suddenly ran out of fuel and slowed going around the back portion of the 3.06-mile course.
Inglebright had stopped early for fuel, but his plan of making it to the finish came up short as a late-race caution led to the race distance being extended for a green-white-checkered finish. Inglebright was not the only leader to suffer misfortune late in the race, however, as the first- and second-place cars of Jason Bowles and David Mayhew both had to pit with flat tires just a few laps from the finish. The final lap also featured several cars spinning off track and a couple of drivers limping to the finish line with flat tires.
Mike David was able to avoid the trouble to take the runner-up spot, followed by Austin Cameron in third. Cameron's teammate, Moses Smith, had a career-best fourth-place finish, with Daryl Harr coming home fifth. Rounding out the top 10 were Jeff Jefferson, Jim Warn, Mayhew, Tony Toste and Bowles, who started from the pole after posting a track-record lap of 1:56.095/94.888 mph earlier in the day.
Souza, who started 11th, had to overcome problems of his own. After a flat tire early in the race caused him to pit under green-flag conditions, he steadily worked his way to the front, making up many places late in the race. The 43-year-old driver from Aromas, Calif., was making only his 10th start in the NASCAR Camping World Series West. He has run only select events since first competing in the series in 2004, focusing primarily on road-course races.
Championship leader Eric Holmes also had to battle back throughout the race after encountering early trouble. After pitting with a flat tire, he ended up losing a lap while serving a pit-road penalty. Holmes worked his way back onto the lead lap, but then limped to the finish with another flat on the final lap. Nevertheless, he was able to hold onto his lead in the point standings with 1,621 markers. Bowles remains second with 1,564, while David moved to third with 1,511.
In support race action, Pacific F2000 Championship points leader Jeff Westphal further improved his chances for the series title by winning the second of two 30-minute races, racking up two victories in as many days. The 22-year-old San Carlos, Calif., resident posted a 9.774-second margin of victory over Nick Freytag, with Max Hiatt, Chuck Hulse and Shaun Modisette completing the top five. Westphal has won all but two of the 10 races held to date this season. Two races remain to decide the championship at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in October.
The locally-based Miller Park Racing Association held three races during the day. Class winners in the Group 1 race were Johan Timmer in Legends Cars, Darrell Troester in Super Production and Dan Dilsaver in Spec Miata. In the Group 2 race, class wins were taken by David Dingman in GT, Larry Carpenter in GT3, JD Mobley in Mustang Challenge and John Potter in Super Sport. In the Group 3 race, Russ Werner won the Open Wheel class while Chris Farrell topped the Sports Racer class.