Beach Soaking up the Rays and Picking up the Victories HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (June 4, 2001) - Sixteen-year-old Chris Beach from Hardeeville, S.C. collected his fifth victory of the 2001 season in the O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Model...
Beach Soaking up the Rays and Picking up the Victories
HARDEEVILLE, S.C. (June 4, 2001) - Sixteen-year-old Chris Beach from Hardeeville, S.C. collected his fifth victory of the 2001 season in the O.C. Welch Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Late Model division at Hardeeville Motor Speedway this past Saturday night. The win was also Beach's fourth in a row and has moved him into contention for the division's track championship, as he sits less than 100 points out of first place.
For the past four weeks, Beach has had the dominating car in the Late Model Division at Hardeeville Motor Speedway, working his way from the rear of the field most weeks to grab the top spot within laps of taking the green flag. In this past weekend's event, the No. 03 Hargray Communication Chevrolet started in eighth position and by lap nine had overtaken the leader to become the front-runner. Beach extended his lead by several seconds, until a caution allowed the field to close in on the Late Model rookie.
On the restart, Beach jumped ahead of the second and third place runners to put some distance between him and the contenders. The twosome could never catch up in their pursuit to chase down the leader and would follow Beach to the checkered flag on lap 50.
"This is a great feeling to win each week," stated Beach. "After winning my first race a few weeks ago, I didn't know how soon the next one would come. Now to have five wins in eight starts is totally amazing. This Hargray Communications Chevrolet has been hooked up well, and my Robert Elliott Racing Engine has performed great, with tremendous power around the track."
"Thornton Butler, my crew chief, is doing an incredible job of maintaining this car for me and guiding me in the right direction," continued Beach. "My parents (Dennis and Yvonne Beach) are allowing me to race in Late Models this season. There's a strong possibility of us traveling to several more tracks in the Carolinas to try our hand there. It will be a great opportunity to gain experience at different racetracks and against different competitors."
Chris Beach began racing motocross at the age of nine. Beach moved up to go-karts and then to Legends Cars. Chris captured the 1999 South Carolina state championship for the Young Lions division and the 2000 South Carolina state championship for the Semi-Pro division in Legends. In 2001, Beach will race his Hargray Communications Chevrolet Late Model at several Carolina tracks, including Hardeeville Motor Speedway, while continuing his studies at the Thomas Heyward Academy.