September 18, 2010. Ron Beauchamp and the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge team continued their run of strong finishes at round number twelve of the 2010 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season at Riverside Speedway near Antigonish, Nova Scotia on Saturday. After three consecutive top-ten finishes Beauchamp narrowly missed out on a podium result and claim a fourth place finish.
The day began with the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge showing well during practice however qualifying was not quite as successful. Beauchamp would begin the 300 lap feature event from the tenth starting spot.
As the green flag waved to begin the event Beauchamp continued to struggle with the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge. “We made some changes to the car to loosen it up a bit after practice and we just went a bit too far” explained the driver.
At the first yellow flag caution period the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge team took the opportunity to make a pit stop for adjustments. “We knew we had a good race car and we didn’t panic” said Beauchamp. “As we made our scheduled pit stops the team worked on the car and it began to improve” he added.
After the changes were made to the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge Beauchamp began to move forward in the field. Following the final stop of the afternoon for tires and adjustments Beauchamp was up near the front of the field and was able to challenge. “After the last stop I had the race car I wanted” said the driver. “And I was able to really able to battle with the leaders” he added.
In the closing stages of the race Beauchamp pushed the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge and fought with the #3 and #4 cars for the final podium position. “There was a different car on the podium on just about every lap as we got near the end” said the driver. “I thought I was going to be able to get the #4 car on the last lap but it didn’t quite work out” he stated.
Beauchamp would take the checkered flag and score a fourth place finish for the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge team, their fourth consecutive top-ten finish. Beauchamp is also seventh in the overall championship standings. “We’ve got some real momentum going here in the last few races” said Beauchamp. “The team has worked really hard and we’re anxious to get to Kawartha next weekend, it’s a track we should do very well at”.
Ron Beauchamp Jr. and the #60 Mopar Parts/Mobil 1/Exide Batteries Dodge Team conclude the 2010 season of competition on Saturday September 25th at Kawartha Speedway near Peterborough, Ontario. You can watch all thirteen series race on TSN, check for times and dates in your area. For more information about Team Mopar go online to www.mopar.ca and for series information check out http://www.nascar.ca/.
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