Posted (05/14/2012) -
Before the start of The B+ Heroes 200 presented by BCKSTGR, the six Fall-Line Motorsports drivers were excited about their podium finish chances in New Jersey. This 4th round of the 2012 Continental Tire championship almost saw the three Fall-Line Motorsports, Alcon-equipped cars finish in the top five. The 48 Safecraft - OMP Fall-Line BMW M3 co-driven by Charles Putman and Charles Espenlaub scored a 2nd place finish and the 45 B+ Foundation - Jetset Magazine Fall-Line BMW M3 co-driven by Al Carter and Hugh Plumb finished 5th. The 46 BCKSTGR Fall-Line BMW M3 co-driven by team principle Mark Boden and Mark Donohue finished 17th after a final lap incident while running in 4th place.
After this strong result at The B+ Heroes 200 presented by BCKSTGR, the team from Buffalo Grove is now 1st and 2nd in the team and driver championships and leads all of the BMW racing teams entered in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series. Charles Putman and Charles Espenlaub are leading the championship with 115 points after 4 races and their Fall-Line teammates Al Carter and Hugh Plumb are ranked second with 107 points.
On Saturday the 45 was the fastest of the three Fall-line Motorsports BMW in qualifying. Al Carter driving the 45 B+ Foundation - Jetset Magazine M3 qualified 5th and started from the third row on Saturday afternoon. The 45 car of Carter and Plumb almost won the race last year and wanted to win this year since their B+ Foundation partner invited over 100 guests at their own home race, The B+ Foundation Heroes 200 presented by BCKSTGR.
Unfortunately, Al Carter who really wanted to do well in New Jersey at his home race received two stop and go penalties during the race. The first penalty was on lap 17 while running in 3rd place. Hugh Plumb had to use his outstanding talent to return the 45 B+ Foundation BMW M3 to the top five to score the needed points to stay in the championship hunt. The 45 car finished 5th.
Charles Putman qualified the 48 Safecraft - OMP Fall-Line Motorsports BMW in 7th place. In the race, Putman did a very good job handing the car to his teammate in the top five. The two Charles' had almost the perfect race. Charles Espenlaub led 18 laps but had to give up the lead only 9 laps before the end after an epic battle to keep up with the winning Subaru that was the car to beat in New Jersey. The 48 car finished 2nd.
The 46 BCKSTGR BMW had a different driver's line up for the B+ Heroes 200 presented by BCKSTGR. 2010 Rolex 24 At Daytona champion David Donohue, son of 1972 Indy 500 winner Mark Donohue, joined the team for this one race to replace Bryan Sellers who had a previous racing engagement. Donohue who also ran in the Rolex Series in New Jersey had the goal to take Mark Boden to the podium with him, and he almost accomplished it. Boden qualified the 46 BCKSTGR BMW in 10th place. Mark took a great start and ran as high as 7th in his stint. David Donohue took over after a great pit stop from the 46 Fall-Line crew and went from 40th after the pit stop to 2nd place on lap 46. After their second pit stop Donohue returned to the track with high hopes and ran in the top two behind Fall-Line teammate Charles Espenlaub between lap 57 and 66. On the last lap while running in 4th place, Donohue ran over the rumble strips as he overtook the 97 car. When he hit the brakes to negotiate turn 1 in the final lap, the brake pedal went down and David had to run wide. He lost 14 spots because of this unfortunate incident. The 46 car finished 17th.
The B+ Heroes 200 presented by BCKSTGR demonstrated that the Fall-Line Motorsports team is a very serious contender to win the 2012 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. The crews of the three cars are making progress race after race. They had great pit stops all day. The team strategy was perfect and even if a BMW of the Fall-Line team did not win in New Jersey, they are now leading the championship after 4 races which was the primary goal of the team going in. All three of the Fall-Line cars ran Alcon's complete brake package at New Jersey.
The B+ Heroes 200 presented by BCKSTGR will be televised on SPEED TV Saturday, May 26 at 2:00 PM ET. The next race is the EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio on Saturday, June 9.
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