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Sheehan Cruises to Victory in TC but Borders Wins Championship.

Willows, CA -- Gary Sheehan scored his second victory in a row driving the UTI/ Konig Wheels Hyundai Genesis Coupe in the Touring class of the Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC). Finishing second was Patrick Chio in the Speed SF Nissan 350Z while Beau Borders came in third in the Hawk/ Competition Clutch/ Sparta BMW M3.

The team of Gary Sheehan and Rod Rojas were third in the championship going into the weekend but were still in contention to repeat as champions. Beau Borders meanwhile had a comfortable lead in the standings and basically just had to finish to capture the title. Trying to win the title for himself was rookie sensation Patrick Chio who showed how serious he was by capturing provisional pole on Saturday. Meanwhile the team of Karl Chicca and Justin Crickenberger were in second place going into the weekend and had their sights focused on the championship as well.

A race weekend is always full of ups and downs and it all started when Chio's pole time was disallowed by the stewards due to data acquisition numbers that were over the allowed limits. That meant that Chio would have to start in the back. Once the green flag was dropped Sheehan took the lead and never looked back while behind him a huge battle ensued. Chio worked his way up through the field like a surgeon and managed to finish second. Beau Borders was running in third place for most of the race and he was followed by his teammate Karl Chicca. Chicca needed to finish in third place or better if Sheehan won the race to secure the second place in the championship. So on the last lap Chicca made the pass on his teammate and got third place. Borders did not fight the position. However, during post-race inspection Chicca's car was found to be under-weight which disqualified him and third place was given to Borders.

In the GT class the championship was already decided but Daniel Akhromstev wanted to prove that he was the one to beat in the Red Star Racing BMW M3 and he cruised home to a victory while the TNI Racing Mazdaspeed 3 of Ron Valtierra finished second and Becky Arsham's Konig Wheels/ UTI Honda Civic finished third.

In the Sportsman class it was all Roger Eagleton who easily won in the Konig Wheels/ UTI BMW M3.

Round 7 Special Awards

Wine Country Motorsports
Gary Sheehan won the race and the Wine Country Motorsports $150 gift certificate. Wine Country Motorsports have a huge selection of automotive gear for any car enthusiast.
Whiteline Performance Suspension
Whiteline Performance makes some terrific suspension components and Michael McColligan earned a $300 gift certificate for Whiteline Suspension. Mc Colligan posted a season best fourth place finish.
Swift Spring
Roger Eagleton won the Sportsman class and championship and was rewarded with a set of Swift Springs of his choice that they can use for the next year to go faster.
Stack Gauges
Daniel Akhromstev was tough to beat and he cruised to a victory but that was not as easy as it sounds as the team had major repairs on the car after a collision on Saturday. For that he won a new Stack oil pressure gauge to help him at the next race.
Specialty Products Company
Tom Milburn has been improving his car in the Sportsman class and finished second. He won a Fastrax camber caster gauge to help dial in his chassis for the next race.
Gary Sheehan did not look strong during the weekend but he performed when he had to and was quickest during the race. He earned a Soundstream car stereo unit with GPS navigation for his perseverance.
Sampson Racing
The Sampson Radio Communications award went to Beau Borders who did what he had to do to win the championship. He won a $100 gift certificate that the team can use for team communications equipment.
Rostra Precision
Rostra Precision provided a high resolution back up camera to Mauricio Lastres who was quick and was excited when it looked like a wet race on Sunday and he was driving the only AWD car in the field. Unfortunately, the race ended up being dry and Lastres experienced mechanical problems. He can now use the high-tech system to see everyone behind him.
Rescue Tape
Rescue Tape is a revolutionary silicone repair tape that can save your race by fixing small leaks. Everyone needs to have one in their toolbox and the award this time went to Patrick Chio.
Race Ramps
The Race Ramps award is certainly one of the most popular awards that the drivers shoot for. The Life’s Good Racing team brought four cars to the race and had to make tons of repairs to keep all cars running in top shape and for their efforts they won a $300 certificate towards the purchase of a set of Race Ramps.
Powerbuilt Tools
The Powerbuilt Tools award went to Karl Chicca who looked very strong all weekend long. He now has a new Powerbuilt professional torque wrench to use at the next race.
The Perma-Cool award was won by Ron Valtierra who looked strong enough to win the race but ended up with a second place finish. He now has a $200 gift certificate that he can use to fix any cooling issues.
Mothers Clean Car
The Mothers Clean Car award went to the BMW M3 of Daniel Akhromstev who had to do body work repair at the track to get the car ready for the main race. He earned a complete car cleaning kit full of Mothers products to keep the new paint job looking new.
Disc Brake Australia
DBA brake rotors are legendary with their kangaroo paw vents. Winning the DBA award was Karl Chicca who received a set of the DBA high performance rotors.
CSF Radiators Cool Move of the Race
The coolest move of the race was by Patrick Chio whowas the quickest car but lost his qualifying time due to some technical issues and had to start in the back of the field. He passed almost everyone and ended up finishing second cand won a new CSF racing radiator of his choice for his efforts.
CRC products are the official chemicals of USTCC and Michael McColligan received a huge assortment pack of CRC products by winning the CRC Award for a fantastic drive for his best finish of the year.
Autometer provided their new professional tire gauge to Becky Arsham who can use it to accurately set up her car at the next race. Arsham ended up finishing in third place in the GT class.
Mauricio Lastres looked strong all weekend long and probably would have won the race of it was raining but he ended up with mechanical issues and did not finish. He now has his choice of Airaid air intake system for his hard work.
The$600 cash AFE Power award was provided to the top three cars in Touring and GT. In the Touring class, the top three were Gary Sheehan in first place, Patrick Chio in second place and Beau Borders in third place. In the GT class, the top three were Daniel Akhromstev’s BMW M3, Ron Valtierra in his Mazdaspeed 3 and Becky Arsham in the Honda Civic. The drivers won cash awards from AFE Power for being the best in their field, just like AFE Power.
Advanced Clutch Technology
Advanced Clutch Technology (ACT) makes some of the best clutches in the business and the ACT award went to Tom Milburn who can use the new ACT clutch to go a little quicker.
Optima Battery Ultimate Power Source
The top three cars in Touring were Gary Sheehan in first place, Patrick Chio in second place and Beau Borders in third place. In the GT class, the top three were Daniel Akhromstev’s BMW M3, Ron Valtierra in his Mazdaspeed 3 and Becky Arsham in the Honda Civic. Each driver won a free Optima Battery.
Go Pro
The winner in each class wins a new GoPro action camera. The lucky winners today were Gary Sheehan, the winner of the Touring class, and Daniel Akhromstev, the winner of the GT class.
Cobra Top Team
The Racing team had a great weekend with a first place in the Touring class, a first place in the Sportsman class and a third place in the GT class. For that they earned the Cobra Top Team award and a new Cobra radar detector.
Patrick Chio may be a rookie but he does not drive like one. He was the quickest car on the track all weekend long and ended up finishing second place. He won a Plastex plastic repair kit for a great job.