70 DECEMBER 2019 scca.com
There were six official lead changes in the F Production
race, but the consensus was that
the actual number was double
that – at least. No question about
it, this was one of the most
exciting races of the weekend. But
that’s getting ahead of the story.
At the front of the grid were
Eric Prill and Charlie Campbell,
separated by only a quarter of a
second. The second row included
two former National Champions,
Kevin Ruck and Craig Chima.
The start, as usual, was a
bit hectic. Chima’s Lotus was
a lightweight rocket at the
start, and he quickly moved
into second. Ruck tried on
the inside, but Campbell
held onto third and quickly
regained second from Chima.
And that began a breakaway
for Tire Rack polesitter Prill
and Campbell that ended
on the second lap when Joe
Huffaker pulled off causing
a full-course caution.
The green came out a lap later,
and Prill and Campbell took off
once more, quickly gapping the
battle for third among Robert
Garrison, Chima, and Ruck. On
the next lap, Garrison and Chima
came together with both going
off, rejoining the race well back.
In addition to the lead, there
was another fierce battle going
on, this one for fourth among
Garrison, Ken Kannard, Mason
Workman, and David Bednarz.
That race involved nearly as
much passing as with the
leaders. On lap 13, Ruck was
we needed a good start to
get away from everybody in
order to have a good race,”
Campbell explained. “When
I was behind, I was watching to
see what Eric had, and when
he was behind, I’m sure he
was doing the same thing.”
“About four laps from the
end, I knew Hog Pen was going
to be important,” Prill said.
“[Campbell] was more consistent
than me in Hog Pen, but there
were a few times I went through
and nailed it and actually
drafted by him at the stripe. It
was all about car positioning.”
That last lap, indeed, turned
out to be the decider – although
several factors wrote the ending
story. “I dropped a wheel coming
out of Oak Tree,” Campbell said
after the race. “Prior to that,
I had been getting a pretty good
MIXING IT UP
Eric Prill (RIGHT) started from the Tire Rack pole but
had to work hard for the win, as Charlie Campbell
(BELOW) challenged him throughout the entire race.
(ABOVE) Ken Kannard ( 51) came out on top of a
four-way battle for the final step on the podium.
out – pulled off on the side of
the course with a failed tire. That
same lap, Kannard took third. On
the last lap, Garrison fell to sixth.
Up front, it was a spectacular
race. Prill’s MaxtonsFight.org/
JPM/Hoosier Mazda Miata was
faster from Turn 1 through
the lower Esses. Campbell,
meanwhile, could dice his JPM/
Mazda Miata quicker through
Turn 10 and Oak Tree. It
was Hog Pen that would be
the final decider, though.
“Eric [Prill] and I knew
RACE 24 | SUNDAY | OCT. 13, 2019 | 11: 15 A.M.