GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing, Gurney and Fogarty extend championship lead with Utah 250 win
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TOOELE, Utah (Sept. 19, 2009) - Capping a near-dominant weekend with a series-leading fourth 2009 victory in Saturday's Utah 250 at Miller Motorsports Park, GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing and drivers Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty extended their Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype Team and Driver Championship points leads to eight points with just next month's season-ending Grand Prix of Miami remaining on the schedule.



Gurney took the wheel of the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Pontiac Riley from pole-sitter Fogarty 43 minutes into the a 2-3/4-hour timed race and led championship rival Max Angelelli and the No. 10 SunTrust Ford Dallara across the finish line by 1.264 seconds just over two hours later. GAINSCO's other primary championship challenger Scott Pruett crossed the finish line in third in the No. 01 TELMEX/Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley just 1.529 seconds behind the winners. Gurney and Fogarty were under pressure from the quick No. 10 and No. 01 cars the entire race as well as the equally fast No. 12 Verizon/Penske Racing Porsche Riley of Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas that started second.



"The opening stint was good," said Fogarty, who won a series-leading fifth pole in Friday's qualifying. "I had some pressure from the 12 car but it wasn't giving me too many worries because I was more concerned about where the 01 and 10 were and, fortunately, we were pulling away from them slightly. We had the right strategy, the GAINSCO team nailed the pit stops and the car was definitely good. We're very happy overall."



The race was slowed three times for full-course caution periods and that marked the only time GAINSCO felt any real threat. Angelelli in particular was good on race restarts on the long Miller front straight but Gurney was able to keep the No. 99 in front.



"I had to go as early as I thought I could get away with on the restarts because the 10 was a little quick on the straights and I could see he was good through Turn 1 also," Gurney said. "That was the most vulnerable part for sure and it was difficult, but once we got going we had a tiny bit of pace on the competition and that made all the difference. We rolled off the truck yesterday just crazy fast and we were just trying not to mess it up. Sometimes you don't even want to touch the car when it is that good. It seemed like the rest of the guys caught up by the end of the weekend and we saw a very close race."
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