Schimsk Doubles Up at Dodge Viper Cup MMP Visit

By Auto News Log • October 5th, 2010

Dodge Viper ACR-X driver Ryan Schimsk made it two Dodge Viper Cup wins in a row over the weekend by running away with the race on Sunday, Oct. 3 at Miller Motorsports Park (MMP) near Salt Lake City. Schimsk also easily won the Saturday Dodge Viper Cup MMP race.

The race was tight for the first few laps as perennial front-runner Ben Keating chased Schimsk, closely followed by Ralph Gilles, Dodge Car Brand President and CEO, and Keith Verges. Keating ran just a bit wide out of the left-hander leading up to the esses, and Gilles jumped on the opportunity and got inside Keating, whose left front wheel chose that exact moment to disintegrate. Keating went off, but was able to save the car and drive slowly around to the pits for a new wheel and checkup before rejoining.

After that, it looked as if Schimsk had enough breathing room to cruise to the finish in the fourteen-lap race, if the rainstorm brewing in the desert would hold off. Gilles had a comfortable gap on third-place Charlie Putman, who was driving Jeff Courtney’s ACR-X.

With two laps to go the weather turned ugly as the storm blew in violently and the course became rain slick in places, slowing the pace. Putman, though, began to close up on Gilles and was on his bumper as the two crossed the line to begin the last lap. Gilles held him off for half the lap, but Putman went through as the rain intensified.

Schimsk crept through the last lap, taking no chances, and still finished six seconds ahead. Verges was fourth, ahead of Ted Hughes. Jim Stout, Michael von Quilich, Kurt Sollberger, Connie Bogan and Eric Galerne rounded out the top 10. All drove 2010 Dodge Viper ACR-Xs. For more information on the Dodge Viper Cup, visit

Source: Mopar Speed


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