Punctured radiator turns top-10 run into an early exit for Beauchamp's MOPAR Dodge at Peterborough Speedway Windsor racer turns his attention to the final two events of the season WINDSOR, ON - MOPAR Parts Dodge driver Ron Beauchamp Jr. rode ...
Punctured radiator turns top-10 run into an early exit for Beauchamp's
MOPAR Dodge at Peterborough Speedway
Windsor racer turns his attention to the final two events of the season
WINDSOR, ON - MOPAR Parts Dodge driver Ron Beauchamp Jr. rode a roller-coaster of emotion on Saturday night at Peterborough Speedway. The Windsor, ON racer struggled to find a good setup during practice and qualifying for the 200-lap feature race, which left him near the back of the pack for the start of the main event.
Heavy traffic deep in the field caused Beauchamp to lose a lap to race leader and eventual winner Don Thomson Jr. on lap 21. But after the field began to disperse around the high-banked, 1/3-mile speedway, Beauchamp started to hit his stride and he began to put in laps that were as quick as those of the race leaders.
As Thomson and the other front-runners continued to lap the majority of the cars in the field, Beauchamp's consistent pace was paying dividends as he maintained his position as the top ^A'lapped' racer in the event. Unfortunately, the MOPAR Dodge driver's hopes for a top-10 finish were dashed for good when a racing wheel strayed from another team's stall during Beauchamp's pit stop, with just over 70 laps to go. Unable to avoid the tire on the crowded pit lane, the wheel pushed the shroud into the radiator, puncturing it immediately, thereby ending Beauchamp's race.
In the final results, the MOPAR Dodge was scored in 22nd place, which dropped the team to ninth in the overall point standings with a pair of Super Series events remaining on the 2004 schedule.
"We fought a ^A'push' with the car all afternoon," said Beauchamp after the Peterborough race. "We put a bunch of stagger in it for the race and it came to life, but because of where we started, we were stuck in traffic. The car took about 15 laps to ^A'come to me' at the start and on restarts, but by the time it came to life, it didn't take too long for Donnie [race leader Don Thomson] to be right up on me and we lost a lap early."
Discussing the incident that would knock him out of the race, Beauchamp continued, "We came in for two tires. There were cars everywhere and I had to go through a few pit slots. There was another car that pitted and they left a tire in the middle of the lane. I had stuff on my windshield after following a smoking car and I couldn't see the tire. I hit it and it poked the shrouding through the radiator and that ended our night. It was really bad luck. And it was tough to take because even though we were lapped, by the time the rad broke, we were running as fast as the leaders and with only seven cars on the lead lap at the end, we were set to take a top 10 finish."
The Peterborough result came on the heels of another tough outing for Beauchamp Motorsports, a week earlier at Mosport Speedway. The MOPAR Dodge experienced similar handling problems at Mosport to the ones they experienced at Peterborough, and finished in 16th-place, two laps down to the leaders.
Looking ahead to the rest of the season, Beauchamp is encouraged that the series is heading to two of his favourite tracks to conclude the 2004 schedule. "We're heading to Delaware and Kawartha for the last two races," said Beauchamp, who finished fourth in the MOPAR 250, at Delaware, in May. "Both of them are awesome tracks. I usually seem to run well at Delaware, and the last time I raced at Kawartha, we finished third. I'd really like to finish the season with two good results after having some tough finishes in the past few races."