September 11, 2011. Ron Beauchamp Jr. and the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge returned to Barrie Speedway for round number ten of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series looking for the same kind of night that had them starting from the pole position at the track one year ago. The night started out well but the rough racing we typically see at Barrie soon took its toll.
During the afternoon practice the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge showed speed but didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t handle the way Beauchamp was hoping. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The car was a little bit tightÃ¢â‚¬Â said Beauchamp. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We changed the set up a little bit for this year looking for more speed so we needed some changes after practiceÃ¢â‚¬Â he added.
Beauchamp would roll off tenth for the 300 lap main event. Early on the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge moved forward. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The track tightened up as we expected and the changes we made to the car worked wellÃ¢â‚¬Â said the driver.
Fortunes began to change quickly however as Beauchamp was pushed high on the front straightaway and rubbed the outside wall. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just so tight on this track and I got pushed to the outside and did some damage to the carÃ¢â‚¬Â explained the driver.
Initially it appeared the damage was mostly cosmetic. However it would quickly become clear that wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t the case. During a restart, Beauchamp put the power down on the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge and the left axle broke, turning the car sharply to the left. Ã¢â‚¬Å“That spun me and shot me into the wall and the next thing I know IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got cars all around me and one flying over meÃ¢â‚¬Â explained Beauchamp.
With significant damage the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge team hastily made repairs trying to salvage anything they could on the night. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The team did a great job just to make the car drivableÃ¢â‚¬Â said Beauchamp. Ã¢â‚¬Å“All we could do after that was ride around and try to gain a few pointsÃ¢â‚¬Â he added.
Beauchamp would claim a 15th place result and is seventh in the overall championship point standings.
Ron Beauchamp Jr. and the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge Team will compete in all twelve races on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. The next event will take place on September 17th at Riverside Speedway in Antigonish, NS. Once again this year all events will be broadcast on TSN. Fans should check their local listings for times. For more information about the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries team log on to www.beauchampmotorsports.com and www.mopar.ca