TEAM MOPAR BATTLES BACK FOR A TOP-TEN FINISH June 6, 2010. Ron Beauchamp and the ...
TEAM MOPAR BATTLES BACK FOR A TOP-TEN FINISH
June 6, 2010. Ron Beauchamp and the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries team arrived at Delaware Speedway near London, Ontario for the Keystone Light 200, round one of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series expecting a challenging night from the competition. The hard fought duel on the track came as no surprise and Beauchamp was more than up to the task.
The #60 Mopar Parts Dodge was quick during the afternoon practice session and Beauchamp posted the fifth quickest time in qualifying. "It was a solid day early on for our team" said Beauchamp. "The car was a little loose but I knew it would race well, and a top-five starting spot is very good for the first race of the season" he added.
The green flag waved thirty minutes early due to an impending storm and Beauchamp wanted to make the the most of what might be a rain shortened race. "The #60 Mopar Parts Dodge was a little off in the early going and I did drop a few positions" said the driver. "Crew Chief Chris Couvillion made the call for an early pit stop for an adjustment and that really helped the handling" he stated.
As Beauchamp returned the #60 Mopar Parts Dodge to the fight he immediately began improving his position and was soon inside the top-five runners. "The car was performing perfectly" he said excitedly. "Then the racing well.....she got a little rough out there. Everybody knew the rain was close by and everyone was getting a little too aggressive and we got chopped across the nose by the #9 car. I was up to his door and he just came across and didn't seem to care that I had the inside on him."
The contact would set Beauchamp back in the field but with an improved handling #60 Mopar Parts Dodge he would again move toward the front of the field looking for a very good finish with the green, white checker finish that was looming after late caution flag. On the restart once again all competitors were extremely aggressive and Beauchamp was collected in another incident. "I got caught in something out there and I got hooked together with the #3 car and I couldn't get loose" said the frustrated driver. "We did manage to shake loose and we came up with an eighth place finish, but the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries car was even better than the result. I just want to thank everybody for their support, and to my whole team who worked really hard all day. Now that we've got the first one underway, I'm even more pumped up about the rest of the season" he said excitedly.
Round number two is next weekend, June 12th & 13th on the road course at Mosport International Raceway.