SRT® Viper Cup Series: Rounds 9 and 10 at Watkins Glen.
Ben Keating clinched his second consecutive series championship with a second-place finish in Saturday's race at Watkins Glen and then put an exclamation point on the season with a win in Sunday's season finale.
"It's a big deal," Keating said. "It means a ton both to me personally, to follow-up and defend the title, and professionally. For ViperExchange.com, it means a lot. We're the number one volume Viper dealer in the nation for the last two years. I believe it makes a difference: win on Sunday, sell on Monday. It always helps to have the dealership name out there among the Viper nation in the news."
While Keating was clinching the title, a new star continues to emerge in the series. Louis-Philippe Montour picked up the win in Saturday's event. He passed Keating to grab the lead on Lap 5 and never looked back, crossing the finish line 1.391 seconds ahead of the newly crowned champion.
Montour said he was happy just to pass the champ. "I finally passed Ben Keating," Montour said. "It was a fun race. I missed a couple apexes but I concentrated and everything was good. It's a big win."
A.J. Morgan rounded out the podium finishers.
Freestyle motorcross rider Andy Bell led the celebrity participants with a fifth-place finish and thoroughly enjoyed his time on the track. "These cars blow my mind" Bell said. "I mean, it's only my second time in it but the pure power and speed are awesome. You don't expect it to handle well because it's so big and fast. The Viper handles like you're on rails."
Sunday's starting lineup was set in reverse order of the finish from the previous day.
Starting at the back of the field, Keating took the lead on Lap 7 in the 35-minute timed event. The win didn't come easy.
"I had major transmission problems," said Keating. "I was missing shifts all over the place and then I look up and LP (Montour) is smoking in front of me. I ended up finishing the race just being able to shift in two places, third and fourth, half the track in fourth and half the track in third. What a way to end the year. My little ol' ViperExchange.com baby took care of me. Exciting stuff man."
Bell finished second and A.J. Morgan was third in Sunday's season finale.