THOMPSON, Conn. – Ethan Ringel of COMPREP Motorsports was the man to beat in the Atlantic Championship Series’ 2014 season finale opener on Saturday at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
K-Hill Motorsports’ Daniel Burkett clinched the title with one race left to go by finishing third. His K-Hill teammate, Conner Kearby, finished in second place.
“It feels good, I’m relieved to finally win one of these. The car was good today, and it shows the effort of the team working through issues earlier this year. They did a great job and I hope we can do it again tomorrow,” said Ringel.
Kearby was able to hold off opponents Keith Grant and his father/teammate Gaston Kearby, for a second-place finish. Taking the second step on the podium, Kearby said, “I had a lucky start and thanks to the K-Hill team, I had the car I needed to maintain my qualifying position. It was a great finish, and I’m hoping for a similar outcome tomorrow.”
Burkett had passed half the field before the halfway mark in the race. It’s his first championship.
Burkett, who has been running a red and white K-Hill Motorsports car, with sponsors, Champion Spark Plugs and Roam Mobility, said “I’m not quite sure what happened in turn one, but I’m happy to have the title and reset the track record.” The Canadian intends to race for a win during the season finale on Sunday at Thompson.
Grant finished fourth in Saturday’s race, putting in a strong effort to defend his championship position. The Polestar driver has the possibility of taking the second-place champsionship position if Sunday’s race goes well for him. Bruce Hamilton finished in fifth place.