TOOELE The SunRichGourmet.com 1000 wound up Sunday at Miller Motorsports Park with the Koni Grand-Am Series and a second Ford Mustang Challenge.
Bill Auberien of Redondo Beach, California, brought team Turner Motorsport across the finish line in first place sharing the trophy with teammate Matt Alhadeff to win the Koni Series event.
"I took it (the lead) going into turn four," Auberien said, "Numbers two and three were tangling behind me, so I never looked back."
Second place went to team TRG with drivers Duncan Ende and Spencer Pumpelly. Ray Mason and Billy Johnson grabbed third place honors in Car 52.
Starting out in the pole position was Kris Wilson. He posted a 3:08 time in qualifying but he couldn't hold on, eventually dropping all the way to 12th place.
Larry Miller Racing entered a Jazz car with Dan McKeever and James Burke sharing the driving duties in a Mustang. Starting out in the 21st spot, they moved up as high as 9th but eventually faltered. They do not compete in the other races of the Koni Series.
But according to industry experts, this is the appeal of the Koni Series. Almost anyone can enter and they do not have to sign up for the entire series. However, the top players in this series compete over the entire season and do have sponsors.
The Koni Series featured 62 entries at Miller Motorsports Park, driving modified stock cars which fans can relate to with average speeds under 100 mph and car costs in the $75,000 neighborhood.
Costs to enter the full tour of 10 races are estimated at $250,000. So maybe not just anybody can enter, but it is certainly more affordable than Saturday's Rolex Series featuring Daytona prototypes at $400,000 a pop before talking about any other expenses.
Porsches, BMWs and Mustangs made up the majority of entrants but there were three Mini Coopers and a smattering of others.
Perfect weather graced the track on Sunday. As opposed to Saturday when a half hour rain deluge caused such havoc it was reported that a couple of the Daytona Prototype drivers couldn't slow sufficiently to make a pit stop when they wanted to change tires and had to go around another lap.
Overall points in the Koni Series really tightened after this race. Bret Seafuse led going in to the race and fell to second place by one point afterwards. Joe Foster and Scott Maxwell finished fourth in this race and moved past Seafuse into first overall. One more race remains in October to determine the overall winner. The three-day event concluded with the second Ford Mustang Challenge.
In the first Ford Mustang Challenge race, which kicked off the weekend on Friday night, veteran Terry Borcheller won his third race of the season for StableOne Racing by defeating teammate Andrew Caddell. In Sunday's Mustang Challenge, Caddell and Borcheller were handicapped starting at 22 and 21 respectively. Borcheller spun out early but Caddell moved up finishing in fourth place.
Ted Anthony Jr. won the race. Jaime Slone placed second and Joe Lee Middlebrooks third. Ted Anthony Jr won the race, Jaime Slone place second and Joe Lee Middlebrooks third.