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King Rat drivers dominated the Mid-Atlantic Spec Miata Divisional Championships in both the National Auto Sports Association (NASA) and Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) series. King Rat also posted a hard fought class win at the prestigious 12 Hours of Summit Point. Drivers racing for King Rat had an impressive 12 wins and 27 podium finishes.

The season started out on a great note with Rich Hromin (Stroudsburg, PA) finishing on the podium in the first race of the 2007 NASA Mid-Atlantic Spec Miata Challenge series at Virginia International Raceway, then his first victory at the third round at Carolina Motorsports Park in March. Carolina Motorsports Park is also provided the first race wins for team owners Kim and Alex Ratcliffe. Hromin took control of the NASA Mid-Atlantic Spec Miata Challenge and would hold on to a commanding lead through some tough and tight battles. With an amazing 3 wins and 12 podium finishes, Hromin dominated the championship and secured his first NASA Championship in just his first full season of competition. Hromin set a new Spec Miata track record at the newly repaved Summit Point track at the season's final race. To add to a great season, Hromin raced in the SCCA MARRS Championship in support of the team's double title program, finishing an impressive seventh overall in a partial season with 1 win and 5 podium finishes.

Veteran Payton Wilson (Chantilly, VA) is no stranger to winning races. Wilson and King Rat won the SCCA Pro Racing Miata Cup Atlantic Championship in 2004, taking flag to flag victories at Mosport International Raceway two years in a row. 2007 would see Wilson continue his dominance in Spec Miata with 4 wins and 8 podium finishes in the SCCA Spec Miata MARRS championship, setting an SSM class track record at Nelson Ledges along the way. To fully appreciate Wilson's mastery behind the wheel of a race car, you have to delve into the details, for instance, in one race Wilson missed qualifying to start in 39th place and turning it into a fourth place finish in a car with a broken left rear shock& on a track dominated by right hand turns! At the end of the season during a double race weekend, Wilson was hit at the start of the first race and his car did a complete flip, landing upright on its wheels and handing Wilson his only non-finish of the season. The team repaired the heavily damaged car which Wilson then drove to the class win in the second race the very next morning! Wilson also ran select races in the NASA Mid-Atlantic Spec Miata Challenge in support of Hromin's title run with 1 win and 5 top ten finishes.
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