Watkins Glen: Rocketsports Trans-Am driver race report

Pruett leads Rocketsports charge at The Glen WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Rocketsports Racing teammates Scott Pruett and Johnny Miller had a banner day during Sunday's Sirius at the Glen NASCAR Winston Cup race at Watkins Glen International. Pruett, ...

Pruett leads Rocketsports charge at The Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Rocketsports Racing teammates Scott Pruett and Johnny Miller had a banner day during Sunday's Sirius at the Glen NASCAR Winston Cup race at Watkins Glen International. Pruett, who regularly drives the No. 7 Jaguar R Performance XKR in the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup, finished a Winston Cup career best second. Meanwhile, Miller, driver of the No. 64 Eaton Cutler-Hammer Jaguar XKR, ran in the top five for several laps, before finishing 36th after a late off-course excursion.

Pruett, who leads the Trans-Am Series points, is a two-time Trans-Am champion (1987 and 1994). He used pit strategy, then passed Kevin Harvick on the final restart on lap 79, and held off four-time Winston Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon. Pruett, who ran as high as third in last year's race here before finishing sixth, was hoping for a late caution.

"That pit stop was right in our window," said Pruett, who has won five of seven Trans-Am Series races this season. "We had a strategy that we thought we could play; it was an aggressive one, and it all depended on those cautions.

"Unfortunately, we pitted so late at the end that we had to conserve fuel," added Pruett, who contested his rookie Winston Cup season in 2000. "We paced Robby (Gordon, winner), but I don't think we could have passed him.

"A late restart would have allowed me to go for it," concluded Pruett.

Miller, meanwhile, ran fourth late in the event, but spun off course and finished 30th in his second Series start for Morgan McClure.

"We just had some bad luck late in the event," said Miller, who sits second in Trans-Am points with four podium finishes and one victory. "The green flag fell and I just went racing, but that used up the car a little too much. The brakes were fading at the end, and then we had some bad luck in the pits. Although I didn't get the top-20 finish I'd hoped for, I still think it was a successful weekend.

"(Car owner) Larry McClure wants me to get some oval experience," added Miller, "and they plan to run me in an ARCA car later this year."

The next Trans-Am Series race is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 24 at Road America.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Kevin Harvick , Scott Pruett , Johnny Miller