PUEBLO, Colo. – New track records were the order of the day Saturday, as the Mid-States Conference of the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour ascended on the 2.2-mile Pueblo Motorsports Park circuit for round nine of its 2014 Championship.
Five race groups took to the track under partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the 70s for practice and qualifying, followed by 25-minute timed races.
Race one, for small bore Production, GT and ST cars, got off to an auspicious start. Several cars experienced trouble on the first lap, including second-starting Rick Kosdrosky, who spun and stalled his No. 77 Over Fifty Motorsports Caterham 7 in the slick turn 10. The black flag was displayed, and the field brought to the pit lane before completing lap two.
The field reverted back to grid order, to the joy of some and the chagrin of others. Polesitter Matt Reynolds took a dominating overall and E Production win in his No. 71 Reynolds Brothers Racing/JPM/Vintage Connection Mazda Miata, setting a new track record of 1:39.596 in the process.
Despite falling back to third in F Production on the initial start, Eric Prill led restart-to-checkers in his No. 7 MaxtonsFight.org/Jesse Prather Motorsports/Hoosier Mazda Miata. Prill lowered his previous track record to a 1:42.139 in the process.
The best battle of the race was for the H Production win. Alex Burnett put his No. 76 Adept Mobile Datsun 510 into the lead on the restart, but with two laps remaining, saw the No. 81 Austin-Healey Sprite, Jerry Oleson retake the lead, beating Burnett to the finish by just 0.269-second.
Jonathan Goodale won GT-Lite and set a new track record (1:44.579) in his No. 04 Mazdaspeed/Hoosier/JoeApex.com Mazda MX-5. Brian Laughlin had similar results in Super Touring® Lite, with a 1:47.020 in his No. 25 Mazda/Hoosier Mazda Miata.
Small formula cars were on tap for race two, including Formula F, Formula 500 and Formula Vee.
Bill Kephart started from the Formula F and overall pole in his No. 37 Vestal 10F/Honda, but saw teammate Michael Lewis take the point on lap two in his No. 12 RedLine Oil/Cyclo Vestal 09F/Honda. Lewis’ lead was short lived, though, as Kephart was back out front by lap three and built a gap to win by 4.622 seconds.