Willows, CA -- Gary Sheehan scored his second victory in a row driving the GoGoGear.com/ UTI/ Konig Wheels Hyundai Genesis Coupe in the Touring class of the Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC). Finishing second was Patrick Chio in the Speed SF Nissan 350Z while Beau Borders came in third in the Hawk/ Competition Clutch/ Sparta BMW M3.
The team of Gary Sheehan and Rod Rojas were third in the championship going into the weekend but were still in contention to repeat as champions. Beau Borders meanwhile had a comfortable lead in the standings and basically just had to finish to capture the title. Trying to win the title for himself was rookie sensation Patrick Chio who showed how serious he was by capturing provisional pole on Saturday. Meanwhile the team of Karl Chicca and Justin Crickenberger were in second place going into the weekend and had their sights focused on the championship as well.
A race weekend is always full of ups and downs and it all started when Chio's pole time was disallowed by the stewards due to data acquisition numbers that were over the allowed limits. That meant that Chio would have to start in the back. Once the green flag was dropped Sheehan took the lead and never looked back while behind him a huge battle ensued. Chio worked his way up through the field like a surgeon and managed to finish second. Beau Borders was running in third place for most of the race and he was followed by his teammate Karl Chicca. Chicca needed to finish in third place or better if Sheehan won the race to secure the second place in the championship. So on the last lap Chicca made the pass on his teammate and got third place. Borders did not fight the position. However, during post-race inspection Chicca's car was found to be under-weight which disqualified him and third place was given to Borders.
In the GT class the championship was already decided but Daniel Akhromstev wanted to prove that he was the one to beat in the Red Star Racing BMW M3 and he cruised home to a victory while the TNI Racing Mazdaspeed 3 of Ron Valtierra finished second and Becky Arsham's GoGoGear.com/ Konig Wheels/ UTI Honda Civic finished third.
In the Sportsman class it was all Roger Eagleton who easily won in the GoGoGear.com/ Konig Wheels/ UTI BMW M3.