Scott Beauchamp Takes Second in WSORR Stock Truck Championship
Escanaba, MI - (September 8, 2008) Scott Beauchamp, the reigning Stock Truck champion would need a near perfect weekend to keep the WSORR Stock Truck Championship title. After leading most of the season, a late season surge by Eric Ruppel put #820 Stewart Manufacturing Bilstein Shocks Goodyear Tire Chevrolet Silverado in second place, just eleven points back, going in to the final two races of the year at Crandon International Off- Road Raceway.
"This is probably the most competitive off-road truck class in the country," noted Scott Beauchamp, "We been competing in this class for a few years now, and each year the competition keeps raising the playing field."
Saturday - Round 11
The black and blue #820 Chevy came out of Potawatomi Turn One in ninth place. Quickly, the driver from Michigan's Upper Peninsula began picking off drivers one by one. Then with three laps to go, looking to get by #863 Konitzer for second place, Scott tried a bold move, with his Bilstein- equipped Chevy, as he came out of Turn One. Unfortunately, the truck drifted well beyond the preferred line, causing Scott to loose ground, and move back into the fourth spot. By the time, Scott regrouped and was in position to make a move on Demeny, the checkered flag fell. Scott Beauchamp officially finished in fourth place.
Sunday - Round 12
On the first lap, the #820 Stewart Manufacturing Trailready Bilstein Goodyear Tire Chevy was battling #863 Al Konitzer for position when, Konitzer rolled in the Argonne Corner. Scott got caught up in the wreck, tearing much of the body work off the front end of the truck. At the same time, the entire Stock Truck field raced by. Thoughts of Bark River and the overheating problem raced through Scott's head. To be on the safe side, Scott gathered up the truck and took an easy lap around, making sure that all the mechanicals of the truck were still in good shape. Somehow, the suspension, steering, and engine were all fine, so the pedal went to the medal the rest of the way to the finish. The next seven laps, the #820 Chevy was running at a blistering pace. When the checkered flag fell, Scott Beauchamp crossed the finish in fifth place. This was quite an accomplishment considering, the entire field passed him midway through the first lap.
After twelve rounds of racing, Scott Beauchamp finished second in the 2008 Lucas Oil Off-Road Stock Truck Championships. During the 2008 season, Scott had six podium finishes, including two wins, one runner-up finish, and three third place finishes.
"Winning the championship last year was tough," commented Scott Beauchamp. "Defending it was even tougher. Congratulations to Eric Ruppel for winning the championship. This weekend we just had some tough luck on the opening laps. It still was a successful season for us. I need to thank my family and friends that come out every weekend to give us a hand with the truck. Thanks goes to companies like Stewart Manufacturing, Goodyear Tire, Trailready, Bilstein, and all those that help us with product or giving us a break on the price things we need to get to the track. Rupe, you better be ready, we want our title back next year."
Don't forget to tune into SPEED TV later this year, as the Stock Truck division will be covered on several broadcasts and also on an episode of Lucas Oil, "On the Edge."