Lanier: JC Beattie Jr race notes

Beattie on the move with ninth place finish. Braselton, GA --ATI Performance Racing driver JC Beattie, Jr. ran a strong and impressive race on Saturday night and scored a ninth place finish at the rough bullring known as the Lanier National ...

Beattie on the move with ninth place finish.

Braselton, GA --ATI Performance Racing driver JC Beattie, Jr. ran a strong and impressive race on Saturday night and scored a ninth place finish at the rough bullring known as the Lanier National Speedway.

Beattie entered the ASA Racing Georgia 250 Presented by Jani-King coming off of a consistent 16th place run the week before in the BFGoodrich Tires 250 in Concord, NC.

With momentum on their side, Beattie and the Baltimore, MD based ATI Racing team then trekked to Lanier this past weekend with one goal in mind; to score another solid finish.

However, they had to overcome early internal troubles with the #09 Chevrolet. "The motor was not pulling the way it should so we went on a tear trying to replace or fix whatever was causing the trouble," Beattie said. "Lanier is not a big horsepower track so we were not out to lunch because of that. Unfortunately the trouble was never found so were stuck running what we had. We felt that Lanier was another survival race anyway."

With the car running sluggish, Beattie went out to qualify and when it was all said and done, he lined up 24th on the grid. "We qualified in the 22 position just less than two-tenths of the pole. Needless to say that was very tight. From points we had to start in the 24th spot and fight our way to the front," Beattie said regarding his starting position.

When the green flag dropped on the 250-lap event Beattie slowly began his charge toward the front and was fortunate once again to avoid any on-track problems that occurred.

But things weren't all smooth sailing for the ATI bunch. "Our car handled well all night but the motor problem was causing some trouble, as people were able to pull off the corners a little better and get underneath us," Beattie said.

As the team's battle with the motor continued, one more thing suddenly went wrong with the 09 entry. "As the race continued, more wrecks were taking place and they all seemed to be right in front of us. Around lap 100 the power steering started to fail and car was very tough to turn after 10 laps of running. It would come back under caution and then go out again. Luckily we kept all four corners on the car and had one piece at the end to finish 9th."

With the run, Beattie gives a lot of credit to his team, as they helped ail the car in the pits throughout the night. "We had a three pit stop night and the crew did a good job keeping us out of trouble in the pits."

With Mike Garvey claiming victory at Lanier, he proved good things come to those who wait after a last lap wreck the week before at Concord left him with a 14th place finish. The situation was the same for JC Beattie, Jr. who earned his career best finish at Lanier with his ninth place run.

Beattie's strong finish fell on his 57th career ASA start. The ninth place effort gives JC his second top-10 of his short ASA career. His previous best finish was a 10th place run that was earned in Lakeland in 2000.

Beattie was excited with the run and was glad the wait finally ended for another top-10. "It has taken since the Lakeland race in 2000 to repeat another top 10 finish and it ironically came at a track where in 2000 we failed to qualify for the race. The Lanier race was right after Lakeland in 2000," he said.

The next stop for Beattie, his ATI Racing team and the entire ASA Series is on May 18th at the Toledo Speedway from Toledo, Ohio. The race will be aired live on SPEED at 3PM.

For more on JC Beattie, Jr. and his ATI Performance Products Racing team, visit www.JCBEATTIE.com

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