Beauchamp Eighth at Cayuga: MOPAR Dodge driver fourth in the points after two events HAMILTON, ON - MOPAR Performance Parts Dodge driver Ron Beauchamp Jr. climbed to fourth in the CASCAR Super Series points on the strength of his eighth-place ...
Beauchamp Eighth at Cayuga: MOPAR Dodge driver fourth in the points after two events
HAMILTON, ON - MOPAR Performance Parts Dodge driver Ron Beauchamp Jr. climbed to fourth in the CASCAR Super Series points on the strength of his eighth-place result at Cayuga 2000 Speedway on Sunday afternoon. Beauchamp started sixth in the field of 31 and led a total of 19 laps en route to his second top-10 result in as many outings this season.
Considering he and his Beauchamp Motorsports team were battling a handling condition on their #60 MOPAR Dodge throughout practice and qualifying for the Power Water 200, the Windsor, ON racer was pleased that they were able to tweak the car throughout the 200 lap race around the 5/8-mile oval.
"All weekend, we were kind of battling the car a bit," said Beauchamp, after the race. "But we got it better in qualifying. When we started the race, the car was too 'freed up'. We came in [at lap 39] and made some adjustments to the stagger during our first stop and it tightened up too much. All of the sudden it was too tight and pushing in the turns."
But when Beauchamp remained on track when the majority of the other front-runners pitted under caution at lap 76, the MOPAR Dodge climbed to fifth, where he would stay until the remainder of the top drivers finally made their initial stops, at lap 111. By staying out, Beauchamp moved into the lead and would show the way until lap 131 when eventual second-place finisher Kerry Micks took the lead.
Beauchamp ran second until lap 145 when his handling quickly deteriorated and he lost several positions. With 45 laps to go, Beauchamp ran sixth and was just one of a dozen drivers still on the lead lap. In jeopardy of losing more spots in the final laps, Beauchamp brought the MOPAR Dodge to the pits two more times (laps 164 and 174) and returned to the track in 10th place.
Battling his way through heavy traffic on the short, final run to the finish, Beauchamp climbed to eighth by lap 200 to notch his second consecutive top-10 result in '04. "I knew we only had about 30 laps left and I was beating it up pretty good trying to get back to the front. That was tough on the tires and I started getting loose again."
Nonetheless, Beauchamp was pleased with the result and his position in the points following two events. "It was still another top 10 for us, which is good on a day when everything wasn't going our way. We led some laps and got the five bonus points for that, which makes up a bit for finishing eighth. This is our best start to the season in a few years, so we can't complain."
Turning to the next CASCAR Super Series race, this weekend at Peterborough Speedway, Beauchamp is confident of another good run in the 'Dodge Dealers of Ontario 200' at the popular 1/3-mile Peterborough Speedway. "I usually run pretty well at Peterborough, even though it's known as a tough track."
MOPAR NOTEBOOK: Dodge driver Dave Whitlock is the top MOPAR-powered competitor in the CASCAR Super Series point standings after two events. The Wyoming, ON driver sits second to Peter Gibbons. Ron Beauchamp Jr. is fourth heading to the 'Dodge Dealers of Ontario 200' at Peterborough Speedway this coming Saturday night. DJ Kennington (eighth) is the third MOPAR driver in the top eight after two outings.
RACE SUMMARY: Peter Gibbons collected his second CASCAR Super Series win in as many outings this season when he won at Cayuga Speedway on Sunday afternoon. Gibbons powered past Kerry Micks with 30 laps to go in the 200-lap race, and cruised to a comfortable victory ahead of Kerry Micks and Dave Whitlock.
CASCAR ON SPORTSNET: The MOPAR 250 from Delaware Speedway will air on SPORTSNET East and Ontario starting Tuesday, June 8 at 7 p.m. The 90-minute broadcast will be shown on SPORTSNET West starting tonight (Monday, June 7) at 7 p.m.