Beauchamp 11th at Peterborough MOPAR Dodge driver battles in Dodge Dealers of Ontario 200 PETERBOROUGH, ON MOPAR Performance Parts Dodge driver Ron Beauchamp Jr. and his Beauchamp Motorsports team fought to an 11th-place finish in the Dodge ...
Beauchamp 11th at Peterborough
MOPAR Dodge driver battles in Dodge Dealers of Ontario 200
PETERBOROUGH, ON MOPAR Performance Parts Dodge driver Ron Beauchamp Jr. and his Beauchamp Motorsports team fought to an 11th-place finish in the Dodge Dealers of Ontario 200 at Peterborough Speedway on Saturday night. The Windsor, ON racer lined up 16th in the field of 23 after his foot slipped off the gas pedal during the exit from turn 4 of his qualifying 'hot' lap.
"We made a change to the gas pedal and my foot slipped off at the worst possible time," said Beauchamp. "It worked fine in practice, but we had a hiccup during our second qualifying lap. I don't think we would have had the pole, but we lost a few 10ths (of a second) because of it."
With track position a valuable commodity at the tight, 1/3-mile Peterborough bull-ring, the 'slip' meant that Beauchamp had his work cut out for him. His MOPAR-powered car made progress in the early going, but a deteriorating handling condition would rear its head near the halfway point of the race.
"We started pretty deep, but we moved up three or four places. But then the car got loose, especially in the middle of the turns with the back end walking around."
After losing a lap on the track with a 'loose' condition, Beauchamp was penalized during his stop for two new rear tires when it was determined, by CASCAR, that too many crew members had gone over the wall during the pit visit. The team experienced a second 'stop and go' penalty when CASCAR officials cited the #60 driver for speeding on pit lane, a penalty that would befall several competitors during the night.
By the end of the race, Beauchamp was two laps back of race winner Mark Dilley and narrowly missed recording his third consecutive top-10 finish. "My car was not too bad at the end," said Beauchamp. "We were running with the top guys, but it didn't matter because we were two laps down. We finished 11th and we are looking ahead to the next race to get back on track."
Based on his solid results in the season's first three events, Beauchamp's MOPAR Dodge sits in fifth-place in the overall CASCAR Super Series point standings.
NEXT RACE: The next CASCAR Super Series race is the Clarington 200, this weekend at Mosport Int'l Raceway. The legendary road course holds fond memories for Ron Beauchamp following his runner-up finish in last year's CASCAR race. "I really like Mosport," said Beauchamp as he put the Peterborough race behind him. It's a lot of fun, especially when you have a good racecar. We're heading there with a brand new road course car and we're excited about it because it's the first time our road course car isn't a car that was converted over from being an oval car." Beauchamp continued, "We're heading to Mosport looking for our first podium finish of the season."
RACE SUMMARY: Dodge driver Mark Dilley won his first CASCAR Super Series race in almost three years when he led 130 laps (of 200) in Saturday night's Dodge Dealers of Ontario 200 at Peterborough Speedway. Dilley started on the outside of the front row and quickly jumped to the lead, a position he would hold until his Whitlock Motorsports teammate Dave Whitlock took a turn at the front (for laps 77-146). On a restart with 54 laps remaining, Dilley drove underneath Whitlock and led his teammate the rest of the way for a Dodge 'one-two' finish in the sponsor's event. Kerry Micks finished third. On the podium, the Ford driver was heard to lament, "I wish I was in a MOPAR, too."
CASCAR ON SPORTSNET: The Power Water 200 from Cayuga 2000 Speedway will air on SPORTSNET starting tonight (Monday, June 14) at 7 p.m. Check your local listings for subsequent viewings.