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Pete Bovenberg wins by six hundreths of a second at Infineon Raceway

By Reza Arsham

June 12, 2011, Sonoma, CA -- Pete Bovenberg in the #94 MBO Motorsports/Rota Wheels Honda Civic Si beat out the two time champion Dave Brown driving the #12 Hawk Brakes/San Rafael Mitubishi Ralliart for first place in the Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC) round four at Infineon Raceway. Brown was trading positions with Bovenberg for many laps when Bovenberg made the final position exchange into the last turn. From there it was a drag race which was won by six hundreths of a second by Bovenberg. About one and a half minutes behind all of this action was the third place finisher Larry Bani driving a very difficult race in the #5 Gogogear.com/UTI BMW M3. Bani was having handling issues dealing with a broken anti roll bar mount since lap four but with support from his team he soldiered on to collect as many valuable points as possible.

In the early stages of the race the top four pulled away from everyone else and started to trade positions lap after lap. Leading the pack was Brandon Kraus in the #9 Roger Kraus Racing/DW Pumps Honda Prelude followed by Brown, Bovernberg, and Curt Simmons in the #49 MBO Motorsports/Stevens Creek Dodge SRT-4. Kraus was put to a halt by transmission problems and Simmons had a mechanical failure. That left Brown and Bovenberg to fight for maximum points.

This victory took Bovenberg from sixth place to first place in driver championship points. Second place in the driver championship points is Bani who has been the Wera Tools Top Rookie in every race so far. Bani has also been given many of Wera Tools' best products at the end of each race.

Special Awards

Larry Bani finished third and won the Wera Tools Top Rookie award.
Brandon Kraus finished fourth and won the Wine Country Motor Sports $150 shopping award.
Felipe Cabezas won the ATI Gauge Pack award for the outstanding pace of the Mazda in the race.
The STACK Pass of the Race went to Pete Bovenberg for his pass for the win in the last turn of the last lap.
The PIAA Bright Idea of the Race went to Larry Bani for staying to his strategy to stay out of trouble and finish strong.
The Mother's Car Care award went to Dave Brown for the gorgeous new wrap job on his Mitsubishi Ralliart.
The top three drivers each won Ironclad crew gloves. Pete Bovenberg also received a pair of Ironclad racing gloves.
The top three drivers each won a free Optima battery, the Ultimate Source of Power.
The LeMans Karting Slowest Fast Lap of the Race award went to Ali Arsham who received a $100 gift certificate to LeMans Karting of Fremont.
The AEM award went to Dave Brown who received an AEM performance gauge.
The Swift move of the race went to Brandon Kraus for his fabulous pass on Dave Brown on lap one.
The Go Light award went to Curt Simmons for seeing the light and avoiding body contact during the race.
The Race Ramps Ramp it Up went to Pete Bovenberg for winning the race.