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Fenton Acura Podiums at Lime Rock Acura Jumps to Second in Manufacturer Title Chase Brothers Hugh and Matt Plumb used their "local knowledge," gained from many years of racing cars at Lime Rock Park, to drive their Bill Fenton Motorsports Acura...

Fenton Acura Podiums at Lime Rock
Acura Jumps to Second in Manufacturer Title Chase

Brothers Hugh and Matt Plumb used their "local knowledge," gained from many years of racing cars at Lime Rock Park, to drive their Bill Fenton Motorsports Acura RSX Type S to third in today's 130-lap Grand-Am Cup Street Tuner class race.

Hugh Plumb was leading the race on lap 75, when he pitted to turn over the driving to his brother, Matt. And in the ensuing pit stop, they were passed by former Fenton Motorsports driver Eric Curran, who went on to win the race.

Team Owner Bill Fenton and Bob Beede finished seventh in their identical car, both of which are sponsored by Southern Auto Auction and Acura Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles.

All four drivers agreed the race was a yo-yo event. "Hugh qualified third but in the first six laps he was knocked off track, dropping him back to 31st," said Matt.

"On the pit stop rotation, he put it into the lead on lap 70-75 until he pitted. I left the pits in third but was hit by a driver whose car was a lap down, and that put me 18th with only 50 minutes remaining."

"What a hard way to finish third," enthused Hugh. "Matt and I drove our hearts out, and I thought he did an amazing job. We had a very good Acura today, and a very quick pit crew. Their pit work and preparation made it possible for us to get past the two mishaps."

"Bob and I started 21st ," Fenton noted. "We purposely pitted early to get good track position. That worked out well for us. Had it not been for both Bob and I getting hit, too, our finishing position would have better-represented the quality of car we had today."

With the Grand-Am Cup series season now half-over -- five races remain -- Acura is now second in the Manufacturer Championship points, ahead of BMW and Mazda, but still eight points behind Chevrolet. Matt and Hugh are also tied for sixth place in the Driver Championship points.

"There were a lot of Acura RSX cars in the race today. I'm proud of our drivers, and I'm proud of the quality preparation our crew chief, Steve Wheeler, has done with the cars to make our team the highest-placed of all the Acuras," Fenton noted.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bob Beede , Steve Wheeler , Eric Curran , Hugh Plumb , Bill Fenton , Matt Plumb