Beattie Jr. survives heat at Pensacola

Pensacola, Fla-- In a race where Joey Clanton broke a 35-year old record by winning his fourth consecutive race of the 2002 season, fellow driver, JC Beattie Jr. and his ATI Racing team, stayed in the game and came home with a solid ...

Pensacola, Fla-- In a race where Joey Clanton broke a 35-year old record by winning his fourth consecutive race of the 2002 season, fellow driver, JC Beattie Jr. and his ATI Racing team, stayed in the game and came home with a solid finish.

Beattie, who started the race on the .50-mile oval from the 26th starting spot in the 09 Chevy, ran well all day, had great pit stops, and survived torrid temperatures to bring home a 13th place finish.

With temperatures in the upper 80s, five drivers dropped out of the event unable to tolerate the unbearable heat. Beattie says the best way to beat the heat, is to be ready for it. "I had that happen to me before so I was prepared for it. It is not a good feeling to get heat stroke in the car and I know what those guys will be feeling all this week."

Aside from the heat, Beattie was happy with his car and how it performed. "We were awesome on the long runs, wish there was more of them. Sometimes two to three tenths quicker than almost all the cars on a long run."

The entire ATI team worked well together and helped Beattie stay in the game. "The crew stayed together in the heat and my spotter saved us a few times too, he did a great job."

Beattie and the entire ASA series will take a week off before heading to Hawkeye Downs on May 19th.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Joey Clanton