Vernon: Ron Beauchamp race report

BEAUCHAMP SCORES TOP-TEN IN MOPAR PARTS/MOBILE 1/EXIDE BATTERIES DODGE August 1, 2010. Ron Beauchamp and the ...

BEAUCHAMP SCORES TOP-TEN IN MOPAR PARTS/MOBILE 1/EXIDE BATTERIES DODGE

August 1, 2010. Ron Beauchamp and the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge team demonstrated how fast their car was and how well the team performed during practice, qualifying and the early part of round number six of the NASCAR Canadian Tire series at Motoplex Speedway near Vernon, BC this past Saturday night. But for the second week in a row contact from another competitor took away their opportunity for a significantly better finishing position.

Throughout the practice session the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge was among the quickest cars and Beauchamp would qualify with the fourth quickest time. "The car felt really good during the day" said Beauchamp. "The challenge with this track is the handling changes so much during the race it's hard to keep up with" he added.

When the green flag waved on the 300 lap feature event Beauchamp accepted what the car and track conditions were able to give them. "We lost a few spots in the early part of the race during a long green flag run but it wasn't too big a concern because it's such a long race" he stated. "I knew the team would make adjustments and we'd be solid for the end" he added.

Events appeared to play out according to plan. "When we got the opportunity to make our pit stops the team did a good job on the adjustments and we were in pretty good shape" said the driver.

Moving through the second half of the event the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge showed noticeable improvement and Beauchamp was moving forward again. "I was just taking it easy still" said Ron Jr. "The car was coming to me, we were inside the top-ten and moving up" he explained.

Once again however the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge team fortunes changed due to the actions of others. "I was passing a car that was a few laps down through corners three and four and when we were around in corner one and two my spotter told me he was diving hard inside and the next thing I know it's mayhem" he said in frustration.

The significant collision would see Beauchamp and #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge turned around on track, another car climbing over the hood and doing enormous damage to the car. Even that could not stall the resolve of the team.

Knowing their chances at a top finish were ruined the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge team worked to clear and repair the damage as best they could and ask their driver to give them all he could muster. Beauchamp would fight to the finish and manage to score a tenth place result. "The frustrating part is we had made our pit stops, our car was strong and we get hit by a lapped car" said Beauchamp. "We definitely had a much better car than the result shows" he added.

Ron Beauchamp and the#60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge sit eighth in the overall season championship standings.

Ron Beauchamp Jr. and the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge Team will compete in all thirteen races on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. Round number six takes place Wednesday August 4th at Auto Clearing Speedway in Saskatoon, SK.

-source: beaucham motorsports

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Ron Beauchamp Jr.