Attrition Strikes Title Contenders

by Devin Jones Racing
on 02 July, 2016

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Spencer Pumpelly passed Devin Jones with one hour remaining and led the rest of the way, scoring the first victory of the season for the No. 17 RS1 Legistics/RickieFowler.com Porsche Cayman, and the first career triumph for co-driver Nick Galante.

Spencer Pumpelly passed Devin Jones with one hour remaining and led the rest of the way, scoring the first victory of the season for the No. 17 RS1 Legistics/RickieFowler.com Porsche Cayman, and the first career triumph for co-driver Nick Galante.

“It feels great to come here and be able to win and have the points lead,” Pumpelly said. “Nick gave me the car in fourth, and we picked up a position in the pits. Then I could run down the leaders and get by. There were a lot of good cars that didn’t make it the finish, so it’s going to be tougher in the next race.”

Jones and Jason Rabe placed second in the No. 31 Bodymotion Racing Delaware Investments/Veristor Porsche Cayman, 3.302 seconds behind. He was followed by Corey Lewis in the No. 36 Strategic Wealth Designers Porsche Cayman, with co-driver Matt Dicken recording his first career podium finish.

Defending ST champions Chad McCumbee and Stevan McAleer finished fourth in the No. 25 Freedom Autosport ModSpace Mazda MX-5. McCumbee led 17 laps but encountered brake problems, spun and tagged the tires in Turn 6 on the lap before his planned pit stop. McAleer rejoined the race in 13th and worked his way back to fourth.

Entering the race tied for second in the standings, four points behind Chad Gilsinger, Pumpelly and Galante now hold an unofficial seven-point lead over McCumbee and McAleer, 113-106, as problems struck many of the cars battling atop the ST chart.

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