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Sports Cars and Stock Cars Galore as NASA Returns to Miller Motorsports Park This Weekend TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (June 11, 2008) -- After two straight weekends of two-wheeled action, Miller Motorsports Park returns to four-wheeled racing this...

Sports Cars and Stock Cars Galore as NASA Returns to Miller Motorsports Park This Weekend

TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (June 11, 2008) -- After two straight weekends of two-wheeled action, Miller Motorsports Park returns to four-wheeled racing this weekend, June 13-15, as the Rocky Mountain Region of the National Auto Sports Association (NASA) makes its annual visit to Utah.

Founded in 1991, NASA is a membership-driven organization that stages over 120 professionally managed events for automobile racers and driving enthusiasts coast to coast. With more than 10,000 members in 15 chapters nationwide, NASA's amateur racing programs cover a variety of motorsport disciplines including competition road racing, high-performance driving events for street-licensed cars, rallying, autocross, drifting and time trial competitions.

This weekend's event, called the Rocky Mountain Summer Jam, will feature somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 cars competing in 24 different classes. The cars range from the omnipresent Mazda Miatas to Mini Coopers, Porsches and Corvettes. One special treat for the weekend is the inclusion of the American Stock Car class, which will bring almost 20 NASCAR-type stock cars to compete on the Miller Motorsports Park road course.

Following a practice day on Thursday, the on-track action begins in earnest on Friday and continues through Sunday, with practice, qualifying and racing each day. The 3.048-mile Outer Course will be utilized on Friday and Saturday, and the 4.5-mile Full Course will be used on Sunday. Friday's schedule includes a two-hour endurance race, while the rest of the races will be short sprint races.

In addition to wheel-to-wheel racing, the NASA weekend also includes the High Performance Driving Experience (HPDE), which is a training program that allows drivers to experience high-performance driving on the track without actual competition, and Time Trials, which allows drivers to compete one at a time for fastest lap in various classes.

"We always love coming to Miller Motorsports Park," said NASA Rocky Mountain Region director Dave Balingit. "It is a world-class facility and our drivers really enjoy the opportunity to run on such a nice, safe track. The Rocky Mountain Summer Jam is one of our biggest events of the year, and we're expecting drivers from all over the western United States. We hope the fans will come out and join us for three days of high-speed fun at the nicest road racing circuit in America."

Admission for spectators is just $5 per day. Kids 12 and under are free. The Miller Kart Track will be open all weekend for concession kart rentals, and the Clubhouse will host a brunch on Sunday from 10:30 am -- 2:30 pm.

-credit: mmp

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