Beauchamp rebounds with fifth-place run at Delaware MOPAR Dodge racer encouraged heading to Kawartha finale WINDSOR, ON - On Sunday afternoon at Delaware Speedway, MOPAR Parts Dodge driver Ron Beauchamp Jr. bounced back from a pair of tough...
Beauchamp rebounds with fifth-place run at Delaware
MOPAR Dodge racer encouraged heading to Kawartha finale
WINDSOR, ON - On Sunday afternoon at Delaware Speedway, MOPAR Parts Dodge driver Ron Beauchamp Jr. bounced back from a pair of tough CASCAR Super Series finishes in late August with an impressive fifth-place finish in the next-to-last Super Series race of the season.
The Windsor, ON racer qualified 11th for the Great Canadian 300 and overcame a hood-buckling hit, one-third of the way into the 300-lap race, that briefly affected the handling of his Dodge and knocked him to 15th-place at lap 100.
Soon after the contact, at lap 108, Beauchamp pitted under caution and the Beauchamp Motorsports crew went to work on their car. They removed the hood, changed a tire, and set about to correcting the 'push' that developed as a result of the hit. "The guys corrected the stagger and the MOPAR Parts Dodge came to life again," said Beauchamp.
After the stop, it didn't take long to see that the crew had made the right moves during their visit to the pits as Beauchamp quickly began his march forward, through the pack. By lap 161, Beauchamp had clawed back to fifth-place and into contention for a top finish in one of the country's oldest and most illustrious stock car races. At the checkered flag, his determination and perseverance were rewarded with a fifth-place result.
After the race, Beauchamp was pleased with the outcome. He was also encouraged by the work of his team. Beauchamp Motorsports went to a baseline setup for practice and qualifying, which paid off with a solid time trial result. It was also a setup that allowed the team to respond beneficially following the front-end damage on lap 92.
"This is a relief. We were fighting the car for the past few races, so this is awesome," continued Beauchamp. "The track was slick at the end and it was a handful to drive at times, but we were set on getting a top-five finish even if we had to drive the wheels off the car to do it."
In addition to the solid work of his crew during the race, Beauchamp also credited an old friend of his with the car's improved handling for qualifying and during the race. "We put a basic setup in the car. I want to thank my good friend Burt McColl who helped us with that setup. We followed his instructions and it made all the difference. I can't thank him enough."
NEXT RACE: Heading to the final CASCAR Super Series race of the season, on Sunday, Sept. 19 at Kawartha Speedway, Beauchamp is confident of ending the '04 schedule on a high note. "We're going there [Kawartha] with the same basic setup in the MOPAR Dodge that worked here and we're looking forward to finishing the season on a positive note." Beauchamp is currently ninth in the National standings, just 41-points out of sixth-place.
GREAT CANADIAN 300 SUMMARY: CASCAR veteran Peter Gibbons won his fifth Great Canadian 300 on Sunday afternoon at Delaware. Gibbons started next-to-last in the 35-car field and fought his way to the front for the final run to the finish. Dodge driver Dave Whitlock started second and finished in the same spot, while current points leader Don Thomson Jr. took third for the second year in a row in the Great Canadian 300. Thomson leads Gibbons by 17 points heading to the season finale at Kawartha Speedway, in two weeks time.