Plumbs Win Finale Hyper Sport Champs

Scott Maxwell figured that he was going to come up two laps shy of finishing Sunday's season-ending Bosch Manufacturing Six Hour Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series finale at Virginia International Raceway -- which would have cost him and Joe Foster the Grand Sport championship.

Then, with 10 minutes remaining, title contender Craig Stanton lost the engine in the No. 83 BGB Porsche 997 to bring out a two-lap caution - giving Maxwell the margin he needed to share the title with Foster after finishing fifth in the No. 55 Hyper Sport Ford Mustang GT.

Hugh Plumb, who had passed Rehagen Racing teammate Dean Martin 12 laps from the finish, held on to win the two-lap shootout, holding off Martin by .208 seconds to join Matt Plumb and Mike Canney in victory lane in the No. 60 Sunset Hills Vineyard Mustang GT. Martin was joined by Jack Roush Jr. and Ryan Phinney in the No. 59 Roush Performance Products/Valvoline Mustang GT in their best finish of the season.

Andy Lally finished third in the No. 41 TRG Carlsen Porscshe/Cohen Financial/Woft-tec. Inc/www.WTInc.com/Ludwig-Motorsports Porsche 997 co-driven by Scott Schroeder and Peter Ludwig, followed by the team's No. 39 entry of Spencer Pumpelly and Duncan Ende.

Plumb passed Jon Miller on the outside of Turn 1 on a restart and holds more than a five-second lead just after the three-hour mark. Driving the No. 60 Rehagen Racing Sunset Hill Vineyards Ford Mustang GT with brother Hugh Plumb and Mike Canney, Plumb leads Jack Roush Jr., who is driving the No. 59 Rehagen Racing Valvoline/ROUSH Performance Products Ford Mustang GT.

Foster and Maxwell entered the finale only one point ahead of JBS Mustang teammates Brett Seafuse and James Gue. The No. 37 Trumansburg Shur Save Mustang GT was in position to capture the title during portions of the race, but Gue lost a cylinder during the final half hour and finished 10th. They finished six points back of the champions, with Stanton 19 points back after his late DNF.

Defending series champions Jep Thornton and Jeff Segal, teamed with former Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Daytona Prototype titlist Terry Borcheller, but saw their No. 09 Automatic Racing Imported Car Store/Land Air BMW M3 suffer from fuel delivery problems.

Andrew Davis was okay after his No. 18 Motorsport Technology Group Morris Animal Foundation/Meisha's Hope BMW Z4 flipped end-over-end after brake failure. The incident, which came on Lap 69, was the biggest accident of the event. There were seven cautions for 22 laps, while eight cars and 13 drivers exchanged the lead 19 times.

On Saturday, Jamie Holtom captured the KONI Street Tuner title with a third-place finish in the ST Six Hour race. Lawson Aschenbach and Ken Dobson won the event in the No. 110 Georgian Bay Motorsports Chevrolet Cobalt SS, followed by the No. 76 Compass360 Racing Acura TSX of Trevor Hopwood and Adam Burrows. Holtom and Eric Curren finished third in the No. 01 Georgian Bay entry.

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