NASCAR modified driver Eric Beers comes within 10 laps of winning the Sunoco Race of Champions. Northampton, PA. . . The 52 annual Sunoco Race of Champions was held September 21-22, 2002 at Oswego Speedway, Oswego, NY. Over 65 Modified...
NASCAR modified driver Eric Beers comes within 10 laps of winning the Sunoco Race of Champions.
Northampton, PA. . . The 52 annual Sunoco Race of Champions was held September 21-22, 2002 at Oswego Speedway, Oswego, NY. Over 65 Modified Cars were entered for the 46 car starting Lineup, 200 lap Race. This is the race with the most prestige in addition to the biggest payout of the year and Tony Stewart was scheduled to race as well. Due to the fact that Tony Stewart was 3rd in Winston Cup points Joe Gibbs grounded Tony from any outside races, so Ken Schrader took over the #20 Orange and Black Modified. Tony Stewart was relegated to be a spotter for Ken Schrader.
Eric qualified the #19 Horwith Racing, Sunoco Race Fuels, Wynn's Modified to a 3rd place finish in the 3rd of 8 Qualifying races and started the RoC in 15th. From the beginning of the race Eric was fast and was picking the cars off one at a time. Many of the front runners by halfway had used the numerous cautions to come in for tires moving Eric up to 3rd by lap 140. On lap 142 a perfectly timed yellow came out and Eric brought the car to the attention of the crew who changed all four tires. Eric was relegated to restart 19th with about 50 to go. From there he was the fastest car on the track with the freshest tires and by lap 180 was in second place behind Chuck Hossfield (last weeks winner of the Mod race at New Hampshire). Eric and Chuck battled side by side with Eric on the outside until a caution flew. On the lap 191 restart Eric got the inside position and when they reached the crux of the first turn - Eric and Chuck were wheel to wheel when they touched and Chuck was sent spinning. Eric looped it around and kept going remaining in the lead with the $10,000 plus winners share on the line. Track Officials made a call that Eric was rough riding and was being placed in the rear of the field. The crowd went nuts. The individual scorers in the scoring section went crazy. The crew members were astonished - as the incident happened right in front of them and it looked like Eric had made a clean pass. Eric was ten laps away from the biggest win of his career. After the races were over Eric was bombarded by fans telling him he was robbed. But that's Racing.
In the Small Block Modified Race of Champions 50 lap Race Eric Started 2nd in the Sunoco Race Fuels Horwith Freightliner, 3H Homes #19. Eric led the first three laps and then held onto 2nd until the lap when the car tightened up allowing 2 car by to finish 4th.
On Sunday the team headed south to Hazleton PA to Mountain Speedway and took the same car from the night behind and brought home a 4th place finish.
Look for Eric Beers to be strong this weekend at Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford CT for the running of the 150 Lap NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour.