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Beauchamp looks ahead to western swing MOPAR Dodge driver looks to build on successful first half of season WINDSOR, ON - With the first half of the CASCAR Super Series in the record books, MOPAR Parts Dodge driver Ron Beauchamp Jr. is eagerly...

Beauchamp looks ahead to western swing
MOPAR Dodge driver looks to build on successful first half of season

WINDSOR, ON - With the first half of the CASCAR Super Series in the record books, MOPAR Parts Dodge driver Ron Beauchamp Jr. is eagerly anticipating CASCAR's annual two-race western Canadian swing that will see him compete this coming weekend at the Vancouver Indy, and the following weekend in the MOPAR 500 Race Weekend at Calgary's Race City Motorsport Park.

Beauchamp finished fourth in his most recent race, on July 10 on the streets of Toronto. Following that successful outing, Beauchamp was ecstatic about the greatly improved stability, under braking, of the team's new MOPAR Dodge. Encouraged by the performance of his new MOPAR Dodge road course car in just its second race, the Windsor, ON racer is looking to the CASCAR race at the Vancouver Indy to serve as the springboard from which to launch a successful second half of his racing season.

"The first half of our season was the best we've had in a few years," said the Beauchamp Motorsports racer, who is seventh in the overall point standings with a half-dozen races remaining. "We feel great about our equipment and the state of the team and we're looking forward to doing even better over the second half of the season. With a lot of hard work and a bit of good luck, we think we can win a race or two and let everyone know that the MOPAR Dodge is in contention for the championship."

In the short run, the two-race western swing is an intense mix of travel and racing that can either make or break a team's season. "We're feeling really good about our road course program, so we can't wait to get on track in Vancouver," continued Beauchamp. "We had a good car and a good plan in Toronto and it paid off with a solid fourth-place result. We're looking for more of the same in Vancouver."

And once that race is done, Beauchamp will turn his focus to one of the biggest race weekends on his schedule. "After Vancouver, we'll turn our attention to the MOPAR 500 Race Weekend. That is a huge event for us, racing in front of so many MOPAR supporters in the race they sponsor. And the high-banked, half-mile Race City track is different from anywhere we race the rest of the season. The MOPAR Dodge is going to be strong at Race City and we're really going to do our best to give the MOPAR representatives and all of the fans something to cheer about."

MOPAR 500 RACE WEEKEND: The MOPAR 500 Race Weekend at Calgary's Race City Motorsport Park is the biggest oval racing event on the annual CASCAR schedule. There is a brand new format for this year's MOPAR 500 Race Weekend. The two-day event (July 30 & 31) will feature time trials and a pair of 100-lap qualifying sprint races on the Friday night (July 30). These 100-lap races are 'full points' events and offer some of the most exciting and action packed racing of the season. And for the first time ever, the final 300 lap feature will take place under the lights, on Saturday, July 31, adding a whole new dynamic to an event that is already well-established as one of the most dramatic and exciting races in all of Canada.

CASCAR ON SPORTSNET: The television broadcast of the recent CASCAR Super Series race at the Toronto Indy will be broadcast on SPORTSNET EAST & ONTARIO starting Monday, Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. The race will air on SPORTSNET WEST & PACIFIC starting the same day (Aug. 2) at 8 p.m. Check your local SPORTSNET listings for starting times and subsequent air dates for this race.

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Ron Beauchamp Jr.