MOPAR PARTS DODGE PLAGUED BY CLUTCH PROBLEMS August 10, 2008. Ron Beauchamp Jr. and the Mopar Parts Dodge team have made great strides in speed and performance in the past few races. However a part failure cost them what was sure to be a...
MOPAR PARTS DODGE PLAGUED BY CLUTCH PROBLEMS
August 10, 2008. Ron Beauchamp Jr. and the Mopar Parts Dodge team have made great strides in speed and performance in the past few races. However a part failure cost them what was sure to be a solid finish in round number nine of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.
The Mopar Parts Dodge Avenger showed good speed right from the first practice session at Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. "The car was good during practice said Beauchamp and we expected things to continue to go our way during qualifying".
The Mopar Parts Dodge team continued to look for improvements but when Beauchamp took to the track for qualifying he felt something was amiss with the performance of the car. "As soon as we started our qualifying run the clutch just didn't feel right. I worked to try and get what I could out of the car but didn't want to push too hard" he stated.
After qualifying the Team Mopar worked to rectify the clutch problems and felt they had found the problem. Unfortunately shortly after the green flag waved Beauchamp knew that once again the Mopar Parts Avenger was not working properly. "The clutch was slipping a lot and the engine was free wheeling so I just tried to take it easy and baby the car through but it just wasn't working". Beauchamp would bring the cat down pitlane to the attention of the crew.
Part malfunctions are a reality of racing; however it doesn't make the circumstances any more palatable. "When the car was running properly we were pretty competitive" said the driver. "It's really too bad for Team Mopar. We have really made some good strides in the last couple of weeks getting the car working the way we wanted and to have a clutch problem is really frustrating. Beauchamp would be classified in twenty second position.
The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series is back in action on Saturday August 30th at Cayuga Speedway near Hamilton, Ontario. This years schedule will consist of thirteen races on oval tracks, temporary street circuits and road courses. All races will once again be broadcast on TSN.