USTCC Summit Point - Sheehan Wins Abbreviated Race
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Gary Sheehan took the victory in an abbreviated race at Summit Point Raceway in his Subaru of America sponsored WRX. Gary Hutto finished in second place driving the Global Motorsports Group BMW 328i and David Lang claimed the final podium spot with his Miracle Auto Painting Honda Prelude.

The Summit Point event took the majority of the U.S. Touring Car Championship (USTCC) competitors on the longest trip of the season. Most of the teams are based on the west coast, and hauling their racecars and gear to West Virginia made for a grueling 6,000 mile round trip adventure across the country.

The teams had to quickly come to grips with a track they hadn't been to before. Practice and qualifying times were close on Saturday, but Sheehan grabbed the pole position in the Sunday qualifying session with a fastest lap time of 1:25.455, nearly 1.5 seconds faster than the competition. David Lang qualified 2nd with a time of 1:27.880. Gary Hutto and Dave Davis filled row two with times of 1:27.972 and 1:27.977 respectively. The remainder of the field qualified with times between 1:28 to 1:30.

At the start of the race Sheehan jumped into the lead while Hutto and Davis got past Lang. Sheehan got through turn 1 cleanly while Hutto and Davis tangled, sending them both into the grass but able to continue, giving Ali Arsham in his Honda Civic a shot at 2nd. It was short lived as Arsham overcooked turn 5, giving 2nd place back to Hutto.

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