Irwindale: JC Beattie Jr. preview

JC Beattie Jr. had tested twice at Lakeland prior to the 2002 season opener last weekend. Unfortunately, an on track incident early in the WJ Plemons Investments 200, took Beattie out of contention. "It was an up and down weekend, never really...

JC Beattie Jr. had tested twice at Lakeland prior to the 2002 season opener last weekend. Unfortunately, an on track incident early in the WJ Plemons Investments 200, took Beattie out of contention.

"It was an up and down weekend, never really got a handle on the track and went back, picked up some time in qualifying but still ended up 21st in time. We got the last provisional and started 24th. We changed everything, all four corners on the car, for the race. Went out there and couldn't necessarily tell if it was better it definitely wasn't worse. I was trying to get a handle on it, where to put it on the track and on lap 25 or so, some guys decided to crash and I was pretty much stopped and avoided the wreck. And than got run over from behind and broke a shock and some of the rear end and ripped the whole right side of the car off."

Next weekend the ASA series heads to Irwindale, CA. Unfortunately, Beattie and his ATI Racing team are unsure if they will be able to make the trip.

Following the Lakeland race, the team hauler broke down on the way back to the shop in Baltimore, MD. "It broke down in Tampa, it made it to Savannah, and it broke again. So we'll see what happens. Obviously we have some work to do after the last race, so we're trying to decide what to do."

If everything works out in time, Beattie, driver of the No. 09 Chevy, will make the trip to the track he says is "pretty easy to get around. There's at least three lanes you can race on, so it's real wide." To date, he has only one start on the California track, a 16th place finish.

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