Tuesday, September 2, 2008

NASCAR Canadian Tire Series: Team Mopar Fifth at Cayuga

August 31, 2008.  The Mopar Parts Dodge team is officially back as one of the fastest cars and top contenders in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.  This past Saturday at Cayuga Speedway during round number ten Ron Beauchamp Jr. was up front with the leaders for the entire 200 laps and claimed a fifth place finish. 

The Mopar Parts team had suffered a mid season lull in performance but took a proactive approach to correct the problem.  Prior to the race at Cayuga the team conducted a test session with Canadian racing legend Junior Hanley and saw immediate results.  “We worked on entry to the corners first, and then on exits” said Ron Beauchamp Jr.  “I knew we’d have a strong showing for the race”

Beauchamp would begin the Saturday night show in the seventh position but he didn’t stay there long, quickly moving forward and into the top-five.  “The car felt great right from the green flag” said the driver.  “As we began to have long green flag runs the car freed up a little bit, so we thought that during out pit stop we’d tighten it up a little” he added.

On lap 83 several banks of lights went out at the speedway forcing NASCAR officials to throw the red flag a stop the event until repairs were made.  As action resumed the Mopar Parts Dodge continued the trek to the front of the field and took over the lead on lap 137.  “After the red flag, I guess everything had cooled down and the car just took off”

With the Mopar Parts Dodge Avenger running perfectly the team decided against making adjustments and only changed tires and added fuel.  With less than ten laps remaining Beauchamp was out front but as happened earlier the car’s handling characteristics began to worse.  “I think we should have followed our initial instincts” said the driver.  “When the #9 Dodge was challenging me I got a little loose and got into him a bit so I had to let off, another car came up and got us three wide and that crossed me up a little, all heck broke loose, so we lost a couple of positions in the end”.    

Beauchamp would bring the Mopar Parts Dodge to the checkered flag and claim fifth position.  “All in all it was a great car” said the happy driver.  “You can really feel the wave of momentum this team has been building for the last few weeks.  Chris Couvillion returning as crew chief and having this great run here at Cayuga really sets us up for Barrie next week and a strong run to the end of the year”

The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will be back in action this coming Saturday September 6th at Barrie Speedway.  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.  You can read more about Team Mopar and Ron Beauchamp Jr. at www.beauchampmotorsports.com and www.nascar.ca 

Attached Photo: Mopar Parts Dodge cruising out front of the field at Cayuga Speedway // Photo Credit:   Rod Andrews of www.canadianracer.com // This release prepared by, TL Sports & Entertainment

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