Miller Motorsports Park located in Tooele Utah played host to this year’s 8th Annual NASA National Championships. The facility is state-of-the-art and is widely considered to be one of the finest road racing parks in North America. NASA racers competed on the tracks Outer Course which measures 3.048 miles long and include 15 corners. To qualify for the NASA National Championships, NASA competitors must compete in and score points in five regional races around the country.
Group A was the first final on the schedule with classes consisting of American Iron (AI), American Iron Extreme (AIX), Spec Iron (SI) and Camaro Mustang Challenge (CMC).
In AIX Brian Faessler, No. 018 Ford Mustang, and five-time NASA champion Chris Griswold in his No. 71 Ford Mustang were battling for the lead until a broken ball joint cut short Faessler’ s chase for the championship. Faessler had won both AIX qualifying races while resetting the lap record by over a full second all while being 450 pounds overweight. On lap 18 Griswold had a tire problem, which handed the AIX win to John Miksula in his No. 42 Ford Mustang. Griswold was able to limp across the finish line in second.
In AI pole sitter Alec Udell was able to jump out to a four-second lead by lap two. He then paced himself to a 55-second win over second place finisher Elliot Fisher, No. 12 Ford Mustang.
“It was a good clean run,” Udell said. “I wanted to jump out front and get a good gap and that is what I was able to do. I am very happy with the way the car handled and ran. My Cortec Suspension really held up all race and the guys from the Motorsports Development Group, Gilfis Racing and Watson Racing helped me put together a great car for this weekend.”
In CMC Aaron McSpadden drove his No. 75 Ford Mustang to the championship win by taking an early lead and holding it till the end over a class that mainly consisted of GM entries. McSpadden had the measure of the field all weekend. It was a great weekend to be a Ford fan, and we’ve posted the full results below.