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Plumb takes touring pole at Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Hugh Plumb, of Chadds Ford, Pa., earned his first-career pole in a last-lap effort at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for this afternoon's Speedvision World Challenge Touring Car Championship Round Nine race. Mike...

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Hugh Plumb, of Chadds Ford, Pa., earned his first-career pole in a last-lap effort at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for this afternoon's Speedvision World Challenge Touring Car Championship Round Nine race. Mike Fitzgerald, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Will Turner, of Newburyport, Mass., completed the top-three, which was separated by only 0.075-second. Driving the No. 43 BuySellorHold.com/RealTime Racing Acura Integra R, Plumb was outside of the top-five for the final nine minutes of the 20-minute qualifying session, but ripped off the fastest lap as the checkered flag fell, with a time of 1:30.661 (89.393 mph). "I worked with my teammate at the beginning of the session, but neither of us are fast in a straight line," said Plumb. "At the end, I pulled my head out of my rear end and followed Neal Sapp--he gave me a good tow. After the season I've had, this makes me feel really good. It gives me more self confidence, particularly since this is probably not a very good Acura track. It should be a good race with everyone so close." Turner topped the charts for much of the session with a lap of 1:30.686 (89.319 mph) in his Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW 328is, but was trumped by Fitzgerald's Pure Image/TCKlineRacing.com BMW 328Ci with one minute left. However, Fitzgerald's lap of 1:30.652 (89.352 mph) did not hold up. Sapp, of Elicott City, Md., and Kevin Schrantz, of Boulder, Colo., completed the top-five. Speedvision commentator John Bisignano, of Breckenridge, Colo., qualified 23rd in his first professional race since 1977. Bisignano will provide in-car commentary from behind the wheel of the Road&Track/Hikari Racing Toyota Celica GTS.

-SCCA/SCCA ProRacing-

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Series PWC
Drivers Kevin Schrantz , Will Turner , Hugh Plumb , John Bisignano
Teams RealTime Racing , Turner Motorsport