Rum Bums Rule Homestead

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Nick Longhi and Matt Plumb combined to win Saturday's Continental Tire Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. (HMS photo)
Nick Longhi and Matt Plumb combined to win Saturday's Continental Tire Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. (HMS photo)

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Forced to the back of the Grand Sport starting grid after winning the pole due to a technical infraction, Matt Plumb and Nick Longhi drove from last to first to win Saturday’s Kia 200 Grand-Am Continental Tire Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

It was the second consecutive victory for the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche 997, with the team unbeaten since switching from a BMW M3.

David Empringham finished second in the No. 83 BGB Motorsports Porsche Carrera started by John Farano, 2.031 seconds back, followed by Andrew Aquilante and pole sitter Bret Spaude in the No. 35 Subaru Road Racing Team Subaru WRX-STI.

Martin Jensen prevailed in a back-and-forth battle to win in the Street Tuner class, driving the No. 18 Insight Racing BMW 128i started by 2011 Kia 200 winner Ryan Ellis. Coconut Creek resident Pierre Kleinubing finished second in the No. 31 i-MOTO Mazda Speed 3 started by Jayson Clunie.

Florida International University student and Miami native Andrew Carbonell charged from seventh to third in the closing minutes to put the No. 26 Freedom Autosport Mazda MX-5 started by Rhett O’Doski on the podium.