Beauchamp Trophy-Sun ValleyRon Beauchamp Jr. and the #60 Mopar Parts Dodge Avenger team came to Sun Valley Speedway for round number five of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series on a mission to rebound from a disappointing finish at the last event.  The team debuted their newly built race car at the half mile track and showed their speed scoring their first series pole position and came home with a podium finish.

It’s always a concern of a team when rolling out new equipment that they are up to speed and don’t endure a long period of getting to know a new car.  The #60 Mopar Parts Dodge team arrived with their homework completed and ran well in practice.  Ron Beauchamp Jr. would make a strong statement in qualifying as he posted the quickest time at 18.306 seconds or an average speed of 98.328 mph.  “We tested this car just before the last race and were very happy with the results” said Ron Beauchamp Jr.  “When we hit the track here the car was good and it’s a real credit to the whole team to score our first NASCAR Canadian Tire Series pole the first time it hits the track for competition.

Beauchamp would lead the field to the green flag for the 300 lap main event and looked very strong through the early going.  “The car was so good right from the start that the #17 car and I were able to get away from everyone” said the driver.  Beauchamp would hold the point for the first seventy nine laps of the race during an extended green flag run.

As is always the case track conditions began to change as temperatures cooled and that changed the handling characteristics of the #60 Mopar Parts Dodge.  “I kind of used up the right rear tire a bit so I had to give up the lead for a bit and wait until we could make a pit stop” said Beauchamp.  Once the stops were completed the car was much improved.  “The Mopar Parts crew did a great job making adjustments and really gave me what I needed” said the driver.

Following another long green flag run and a second round of pit stops Beauchamp continued to run among the leaders and was the beneficiary when the #9 car appeared to run out of fuel and took over third.  The race would conclude with a green white checkered finish and cross the stripe with his third podium finish of the season.  “This is great finish is the result of a real team effort” said the driver.  “My crew chief Chris Couvillion built this chassis, the guys at the engine shop Dennis and Kieran who do a great job plus the whole crew that was here at the track and worked hard all day”  It’s great for Mopar, Exide and Mobil 1 to have such a great result in the new car the first time out.  I can’t wait to get to Edmonton next week to keep the momentum going.

With the third place finish Beauchamp maintains third place in the overall championship standings and closes to within three points of second overall.

The 2009 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series stretch of events in western Canada continues Saturday July 25th with a stop at the Edmonton Indy weekend.  Team Mopar will participate in all thirteen events that take place on ovals, road courses and temporary street circuits.  You can follow the action all year long with the television broadcasts on TSN.  For more information about Team Mopar and Ron Beauchamp Jr. at www.beauchampmotorsports.com and don’t forget to vote for Ron Jr.  Click the link at http://www.nascar.com/news/features/mpd.poll.canadian.tire.series/index.html to cast your vote.

Photo by Todd Lewis