Davis, Liddell Score Second Straight In Stevenson Camaro
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From IMSA.com

Robin Liddell and Andrew Davis used an early strategic call and late-race muscle to give Stevenson Motorsports its second consecutive Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge victory Saturday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Liddell prevailed in a three-car, 13-minute sprint to the finish, with the No. 6 Stevenson Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R winning over the Ford Mustang Boss 302R of Billy Johnson and the Nissan 370Z of BJ Zacharias by just .552 seconds.

It was the first of two thrilling finishes in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race, with Andrew Carbonell capping an improbable last-lap charge to take the ST victory. The win provided an emotional storybook win for teammate USMC Staff Sgt. Liam Dwyer. Dwyer's second career win came with USMC Sgt. Aaron Denning - who saved Dwyer's life after the explosion in Afghanistan and was on hand at the track with Dwyer for the first time - looking on.

The overall win by Liddell and Davis was decided by some strong driving and a savvy pit stop.

"The Mustang came out of nowhere - they were on new tires - and they were the strongest car at the end," said Liddell, who scored his sixth career victory in the series. "I could see Billy was really
strong under breaking, but I was able to defend my position and stay ahead of him at the end. This is a track where we traditionally struggle and didn't come in with high expectations, but we kept the hammer down and stayed smart."

A key call came only 25 minutes into the two and a half hour race, when Ray Mason in No. 76 Compass360 Subaru was stranded after contact with Charles Putman in the No. 09 Automatic Racing Aston Martin Vantage. Anticipating a caution, Stevenson Motorsports team manager Mike Johnson called Davis into the pits.

"That changed our strategy vs. everybody else," Davis said. "It put me in a frustrating position - having to come from way in the back - but it was a lot of fun working clean but hard against a great bunch of drivers. I was able to get us back to the front, and Robin did a tremendous job to hang on and win."

The two Stevenson Camaros were running 1-2 following a restart with 36 minutes remaining. Lawson Aschenbach led in the No. 9 Camaro started on the pole by Matt Bell, which had dominated the race up until that point. With the Zacharias Nissan closing in, and Johnson also gaining ground after taking on tires during the caution, Liddell passed his teammate for the lead with 22 minutes remaining.
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