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Old 08-14-2010, 04:59 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Stevenson Motorsports Sunoco Camaro Earns 3rd Place Podium Finish

Reported on CAMARO5 HOMEPAGE.

Well I need to speak a moment of the monumental feat that the team I'm lucky enough to race for just pulled off last night at GP3R. After I had a crash early in our all-in-one-day event, the team worked EXTREMELY hard in, essentially, a parking lot to get the car ready for qualifying and the eventual night race that evening. They had a tough job replacing all four corners' suspension with borrowed tools on a harsh asphalt surface, but they definitely got it done. We made it to qualifying, but had to wait 10 of the 15 minute qualifying due to a bogus pit lane penalty. This left me in a disappointing 9th place for the start of the race.

After the start, I did my job of handing Jeff Bucknum a clean(ish) car and did so with a 4 place bonus. Jeff took this place and ran away! The car wasn't perfect, but perfectly race-able. In Jeff's hands the mighty Camaro was a place taking machine, and with just a few corners left of the final lap, Jeff passed a BMW for 3rd! It is absolutely astonishing that a car that was nearly completely disassembled a few hours before ended up in a podium position on a track that everybody thought might be a bad combination with the big Camaro. Despite the setbacks of the day, Stevenson Motorsport's hard work ended the day with trophies and champagne!

If the fun of the day wasn't exciting enough, a very devoted fan and fellow Camaro5-er, Mikamaro came out to party with the whole team in Trois-Rivieres! He was very helpful in the mostly French-speaking community and was every bit as supportive of the Camaro racing program as the other Camaro5-ers I've met at the track.

Thanks once again to Mikamaro and the rest of the Camaro community for supporting the amazing efforts of Stevenson Motorsport in trying to revive the Sunoco Camaro livery and keep the Chevrolet brand involved in North American motorsport!

I'll try and post some photos and video of the race so you all can experience the day for yourselves.
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Old 08-14-2010, 05:04 PM   #2
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Congratulations

That is awesome!!! This is so deserving. I am not surprised at all, as the Camaro has been knocking on the door all year long.
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Old 08-14-2010, 05:22 PM   #3
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Old 08-14-2010, 05:29 PM   #4
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Grat's Matt & gang!

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Old 08-14-2010, 05:59 PM   #5
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What took first and second? What happened to the car before... where you said you were in an accident? I can't imagine this car being wrecked.
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Old 08-14-2010, 06:01 PM   #6
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Old 08-14-2010, 06:06 PM   #7
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Old 08-14-2010, 06:15 PM   #8
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CONGRATULATIONS!!! As they say, luck is where preparation meets opportunity. You guys were definitely due!
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Old 08-14-2010, 07:57 PM   #9
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Nice Work! Glad to see Camaro being represented by such a prestigous sponser too! Looking good in blue and yaller!
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Old 08-14-2010, 10:09 PM   #10
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What took first and second? What happened to the car before... where you said you were in an accident? I can't imagine this car being wrecked.
Matt Plumb and Nick Longhi in the Rum Bum BMW M3 took 1st, Billy Johnson and Jack Rousch in the "abnormally fast" older Mustang (read whatever you want there...) were 2nd.

I had a crash on about lap 4 of the first practice. I'm not 100% sure what happened, but it was probably just my mistake. I got really loose on a hairpin and slammed the right side of the car, breaking the right-front tie rod. Then, as I was limping it around a right hand turn to get back to pit, the left tie rod broke too, sending me into the wall on the other side. It was actually the first crash I've ever had on my own (as in I did it, I have nothing to blame but myself), but it was a bad one nonetheless.

Thanks to everyone with all the congratulations! You're all really what makes it possible and worth it to race these Camaro's!
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Old 08-15-2010, 11:37 AM   #11
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Old 08-15-2010, 11:53 AM   #12
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Picked up one of your hats and a T shirt at Watkins Glen last weekend, great products. Congrates on the podium finish.
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Old 08-15-2010, 02:59 PM   #13
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Old 08-15-2010, 03:25 PM   #14
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Congrats & I'm lovin it.Can't wait for 1st place
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Old 08-15-2010, 04:32 PM   #15
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Congrats! I really wish the Rolex/Grand-Am series hit Road America so i could attend a race.
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Old 08-15-2010, 04:47 PM   #16
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Old 08-15-2010, 05:04 PM   #17
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Thumbs up CONGRATULATIONS TO MATT BELL AND JEFF BUCKNUM!!!

I followed the race on the LIVE feed from Grand-Am.com, and it was really tough not being to see the actual race as it played out LIVE on tv...

I am so proud of Matt and Jeff with their 3rd place podium finish!!!...

I have been following the Stevenson Motorsports Camaros all season long, and it just gets better and better!!!...

I have always been a die-hard NASCAR fan, thanks to my Dad, and I also follow the Indy Series too...

This is the first season I have ever watched Grand-Am, and I have to say, it is my new favorite form of auto racing...

Getting to see a 5thgen Camaro, which I actually own and drive myself, driving in a racing series where it looks like the ACTUAL car, not a 'stock car' with decals, makes it even more exciting for 'your new #1 fan'!!!...

I had Jeff Bucknum 'friend' me on facebook awhile back, and that is how I got involved with the sport, and the rest, as they say, is history...

I have already bought 2 Sunoco Camaro and 1 Stevenson Motorsports t-shirts, and I wear them proudly on race day, each one depending on who is racing that day...

I hope to get to an actual race next year and get to meet you guys in person...

I have been promoting your races each week on Camaro5 in the Sports Lounge, and also on facebook...

I have shared the many photos that you guys have posted on facebook too...

Keep up the good work, and I know you have a win right around the corner!!!...

Congrats again, and I will do my 'very special, just for the #6 Sunoco Camaro team, "prima"Donna smiley dance'....it is reserved for very special occasions, and for very special people...

Matt and Jeff, I think you and your whole team qualifies for the honor...
Are you ready?...here goes............... :party0038:

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Old 08-15-2010, 05:08 PM   #18
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I have already bought 2 Sunoco Camaro and 1 Stevenson Motorsports t-shirts, and I wear them proudly on race day, each one depending on who is racing that day...
Donna, where can I order those t-shirts? Thanks so much!!!!!
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Old 08-15-2010, 06:26 PM   #19
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Old 08-15-2010, 06:55 PM   #20
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Great News......glad the hardwork paid off.....and thank you for taking the time out to write these updates....My father was around when the 69 cars were new, he remarks how great it is thru technology to be able to hear first hand about the behind the scenes action....right from the drivers.
Thanks for taking care of your fans....AWSOME!!!
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Old 08-15-2010, 07:00 PM   #21
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Congrats Matt..... Well deserved keep digging...
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Old 08-15-2010, 08:30 PM   #22
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CONGRATULATIONS ON THE THIRD PLACE FINISH!!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-15-2010, 09:01 PM   #23
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CONGRATS!!!

SO is it Donnasmileydance time or what?
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Old 08-15-2010, 09:12 PM   #24
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Awesome news and congrats!!
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Old 08-15-2010, 10:16 PM   #25
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WOOHOO congrats, I knew you guys could do it, Great Job!!!!!!!!!!!
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