SUMMIT POINT, W.Va. – Temperatures in the high 60s and sunny skies led a chamber of commerce weather day at Summit Point Motorsports Park for Round Eight of the SCCA Eastern Conference Majors Tour, the top level of SCCA Club Racing.
Seven group races and 27 Runoffs-eligible classes were featured in Sunday’s races.
Brian Price grabbed his fifth Touring 4 win in six tries after missing the opening weekend at Sebring, solidifying his series lead in the No. 51 Mazda Miata. Price battled early with the No. 75 Mazda Miata of Mike Collins, then opened up a one-second gap that he maintained to the finish.
Danny Steyn worked to create a gap in the No. 39 Mazda Miata, and then ran alone while growing his lead in Spec Miata. The win was Steyn’s third of the season, and his seventh podium finish in eight races this season to increase his class point lead.
Mechanical difficulties kept Sedat Yelkin from a Saturday victory in the No. 74 Swift 014/Toyota, but there were no such issues on Sunday. Yelkin started on pole and continued to stretch his advantage, which grew even larger as his closest competitors pulled off with mechanical issues of their own.
Paul Schneider stretched his Formula Enterprises point lead with an unexpected win on Sunday in the No. 73 Formula Enterprises/Mazda. Schneider appeared to be locked into the runner-up position when, on lap 20, leader Scott Rettich’s No. 71 Formula Enterprises got into a tire wall, ending his day four laps short of the finish.
The Formula Vee field picked up where Saturday’s race left off, with five cars stuck together for the last half of the race and the run to the checker.
With three to go, the odds were just about even that any one of those cars – Jonathan Weiseith in the No. 61 Protoform P3, Roger Siebenaler in the No. 2 Mysterian M-2, Stephen Oseth’s No. 72 Vortech, the No. 80 Wedge SB-1 of Stephen Davis and the No. 17 Vdf-2 of Richard Shields – could have been the first to the checkered flag.
Oseth, Davis and Shields got an advantage as the pack worked through lapped traffic, creating just a small gap over the other two for the final trip around the two-mile track. Davis got the better of the field, taking his third win and seventh podium of the season in the Eastern Conference. Oseth and Siebenaler filled the podium.