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Bill Fenton Motorsports Earns Third in ST Race at Homestead April 18, 2007 - HOMESTEAD, FL - Bill Fenton and Bob Beede made it through Sunday's wild KONI Challege Street Tuner race at Homestead-Miami Speedway to finish third in the No. 29 Bill...

Bill Fenton Motorsports Earns Third in ST Race at Homestead

April 18, 2007 - HOMESTEAD, FL - Bill Fenton and Bob Beede made it through Sunday's wild KONI Challege Street Tuner race at Homestead-Miami Speedway to finish third in the No. 29 Bill Fenton Motorsports Acura RSX-S.

Fenton started the 400km race and maintained a quick pace as he gained positions. He took advantage of an early caution period, pitting and handing the No. 29 Southern Auto Auction Acura over to Beede.

Just before the two-hour mark, and with half an hour left in the race, Beede took over second on a race restart. He and leader Travis Walker in the Kensai Racing Acura had a brief side-by-side battle until turn three, when Beede put his Acura into the race lead.

Beede then faced a battle with Trevor Hopwood in the Turner BMW and Shane Lewis in the HART Honda. Beede eventually finished third, marking the second podium finish for Bill Fenton Motorsports in only three visits to Homestead.

Meanwhile, the No. 27 Bill Fenton Motorsports Acura RSX-S of Todd Lamb and Dave Thilenius had a strong start. A flat tire in qualifying resulted in a 13th-place starting position for Thilenius, but after an hour of hard racing he took the lead.

The top position was short-lived thanks to a broken throttle cable. The crew had to take the No. 27 Aprilia/2Wheel Tuner Acura to the garage for a new cable before Lamb could return to the track, six laps down. They eventually finished 23rd.

"Had the 27 car not suffered a broken throttle cable I feel we would have had two cars on the podium," commented Fenton. "Our success has always been based on a team effort. Steve Wheeler is a great crew chief, all of our crew members work hard, Bob Beede is a proven endurance driver and Acura is a proven endurance product."

"I've got mixed emotions about this race," said Thilenius. "We had a great showing at Daytona with fourth, and we proved that the Acura could be a front-runner at Homestead, too. Breaking a small part is a real disappointment. Maybe next time I should lay off the gas pedal a little!"

Bill Fenton Motorsports will return to KONI Challenge competition at Lime Rock Park the weekend of May 25-28.

-credit: bfm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bob Beede , Steve Wheeler , Bill Fenton , Travis Walker , Trevor Hopwood , Todd Lamb
Teams HART