Birmingham: Fenton Motorsports race report

Fenton Acura Wins Grand-Am Cup at Barber Motorsports Park Acura earned its second Grand-Am Cup series win of the year when brothers Matt and Hugh Plumb put the Bill Fenton Motorsports Southern Auto Auction/Acura Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles...

Fenton Acura Wins Grand-Am Cup at Barber Motorsports Park

Acura earned its second Grand-Am Cup series win of the year when brothers Matt and Hugh Plumb put the Bill Fenton Motorsports Southern Auto Auction/Acura Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles Acura RSX into the winner's circle at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama.

The win was the first for Fenton's team since the 2004 season finale at Fontana, Calif., and the fifth podium finish of the season's first seven races for the Plumb brothers.

The win brings Acura to within three points of Chevrolet for the Street Tuner class Manufacturer Championship, and 10 points ahead of BMW, with three races remaining.

After qualifying 14th, Hugh quickly began making up ground from the drop of the green flag. "We had gone the wrong way with the setup during qualifying and just didn't get the lap we needed," he said.

"We never had the fastest car over one lap all weekend, but it was very consistent and during the race I was able to pick up some spots."

On lap 23, under the yellow flag, crew chief Steve Wheeler brought Hugh into the pits and put Matt into the car.

Matt had the car in the lead by lap 49.

The race was scheduled for 87 laps or 2h30m duration, but was red-flagged at 54 laps, 1h46m into the race, when a very heavy summer storm formed and inundated the race track with high winds and heavy rain.

"We've had several races this year that we should have won, but didn't," due to bad luck or unfortunate circumstances. This is payback," exclaimed Matt. "Steve Wheeler is the real hero of the race for the timing of his call to bring in Hugh and put me in. To be able to share a win with my brother is the highlight of my career and I hope to share many more with him."

"The team deserves this win," added Hugh. "They've put more heart into this than anyone out there, and we're proud to have been part of it."

With their fourth consecutive podium finish, Hugh and Matt gained ground for the Driver Championship. They are now tied for third place, 19 points behind the leaders.

The win was the 17th since 1998 for a Bill Fenton Motorsports car, and the team's 12th in the Grand-Am Cup racing. It was the first in Grand-Am Cup competition for the Plumb brothers.

-fenton motorsports

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Steve Wheeler , Hugh Plumb , Bill Fenton