TEAM MOPAR GETS THE GEARS AT BARRIE September 9, 2007. The Exide/Mopar Parts Dodge team expected another solid result at Barrie Speedway for round ten of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season. Earlier this season Ron Beauchamp Jr. drove...
TEAM MOPAR GETS THE GEARS AT BARRIE
September 9, 2007. The Exide/Mopar Parts Dodge team expected another solid result at Barrie Speedway for round ten of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season. Earlier this season Ron Beauchamp Jr. drove the car to a top-ten finish. Beauchamp appeared to be on his way to another solid finish, when rear end gear problems took away that opportunity.
The day got off to a promising start for the Exide/Mopar Parts team with quick times during the first practice session. The handling characteristics changed as the day went on and Beauchamp would start the 300 lap main event 17th. "It's not where we wanted to start obviously, but with 300 laps we've got plenty of time to make adjustments and get through the field" said the optimistic driver prior to the race.
As competition began on the tight 1/3 mile oval the Exide/Mopar Parts team began to work their race strategy. As early caution flags fell the team made pit stops for adjustments to improve the car. Their strategy was working. "Things were going exactly how we'd hoped" said Beauchamp. "We were taking some wedge out of the car on each of the first few cautions and I could feel it getting better and better".
As the race continued, Beauchamp continued to move the Exide/Mopar Parts Dodge forward in the field. Ron Jr. would use the outside line at times and run a consistent pace throughout the first half of the race and easily move into the top-ten. "We've had fast cars at this track before and I knew we could do it again" he stated.
Heading into the late stages of the 300 lap feature the Exide/Mopar Parts team hoped to finish strong and enjoy a solid outing. However as Beauchamp came off corner two the car slowed and was coasting along the backstretch. "I didn't know what happened at first" said the driver. "I was just minding my own business and all of a sudden we're slow". Beauchamp immediately headed toward the team for a diagnosis.
With plenty of smoke puffing out from underneath the car it was easy to determine the rear end gear was lost, their chance at a good night over. "I feel so bad for all of the people that support us" said Beauchamp afterwards. "Mopar of course, Exide who were on the hood this week, Mobil 1 and everybody, it's just been such a frustrating year".