Montreal: Ron Beauchamp Jr race notes

PENALTY SOURS FINISH FOR THE MOPAR PARTS DODGE August 2, 2008. The Mopar Parts Dodge team returned to eastern Canada for round seven of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series schedule presented by Dodge at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal and...

PENALTY SOURS FINISH FOR THE MOPAR PARTS DODGE

August 2, 2008. The Mopar Parts Dodge team returned to eastern Canada for round seven of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series schedule presented by Dodge at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal and showed some speed on the race track. However a late race penalty would ruin a solid finish.

As expected following the Edmonton road course event the Mopar Parts Dodge Avenger team had learned from the experience in western Canada and found the car to be more to driver Ron Beauchamp Jr's liking. "This was definitely a step forward from last week" said the driver. While enjoying the improvement the team realized there was still much to do managing a nineteenth starting position.

Much of the job would fall to the driver as the green flag waved on the 100km event. "The car felt good and I just tried to not get too aggressive early on" said Ron Jr. "This place is so hard on brakes and everything else I wanted to make sure we could be there at the end".

Beauchamp would maneuver the Mopar Parts Dodge past several competitors early on and set his sights on the top-ten. "We were going along pretty well" he concluded. "As the caution flags fell and bunched up the field I was able to get a couple of spots on each of the restarts".

The team's fate would change with only a handful of laps remaining. As Beauchamp worked to keep the Mopar Parts Dodge ahead of several other competitors heading into the chicane prior to the front straightaway he drove in a little too deep and rather than risk violently hitting the curbing Beauchamp went straight through the corner. I saw how close the other guys were to me and I felt it was best to not upset the car and possibly cause others a problem or do some serious damage on those high curbs" said the driver.

Despite the fact he did not gain a position with the move, NASCA officials ruled he had gained an advantage and the Mopar Parts Dodge team was ordered to serve a drive through penalty. With only a few laps remaining at that point Beauchamp was only able to push the Mopar Parts Dodge to twenty second position. "Once that happened our day was ruined" said a frustrated competitor. "We obviously would have had a much better finish".

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series goes back to the ovals for round number eight this coming Saturday night, August 9th at Mosport Speedway. This years schedule will consist of thirteen races on oval tracks, temporary street circuits and road courses. All races will once again be broadcast on TSN. You can read more about Team Mopar and Ron Beauchamp Jr. at www.beauchampmotorsports.com

-credit: mopar

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Gilles Villeneuve , Ron Beauchamp Jr.