BEAULIEU BRIDGE WORK
LETHBRIDGE, AB – It was a perfect race night for Jason Beaulieu as his domination of Bridge County Raceway continued on the weekend. After winning his Heat race and the ‘A’ Dash, the current NPP Late Model Series point leader drove his Lucas Oil #46 Dodge to victory lane Saturday night. The Campbell River, BC driver, who went to victory lane last weekend in Okotoks, has won four of the last five Feature events in Lethbridge dating back to last season. “I really don’t know what to say,” says the 2007 NPP Series champion, “I had to fight to get into the ‘A’ Dash. Was able to win the Dash for the pole position then stayed out of trouble in the Feature.” For the second weekend in a row Jason would be joined on the podium by his son. Chris Beaulieu backed up his third place finish in Okotoks last weekend with a second place finish Saturday night in Lethbridge. The younger Beaulieu also drove his Lucas Oil #14 Dodge to a Heat race win. “Great race track tonight,” says the Campbell River, BC driver, “the car was running very strong. It would have been great to be able get by my dad for the win but I just couldn’t catch him.”
After crashing out in his last appearance at Bridge County Raceway, Kevin Clark drove his Clark Construction #5 Dodge to a third place finish. “Sure needed this race,” exclaims the Altario, Alberta driver, “Mike (Tom) Paul (Grundberg) and I had a pretty good battle going the last half of the race. It could have been anyone of us finishing third.” The strong finish moved Clark from fifth to third in the NPP Series Championship point standings.
– for the first time in the nine year history of the NPP Series, no yellow flags were flown during a Feature event.
– three time NPP Series champion Trevor Emond (Leduc, Alberta) broke a crank shaft Saturday night while leading the ‘B’ Dash. This is the first time Emond has been out of the top 10 in the NPP point standings since 2002. (currently 13th)
– current ARCA West Late Model Series (pavement) competitor Brian Levant (Calgary) made his NPP Series debut in Lethbridge on Saturday night. Unfortunately, Levant blew the motor in his #49 Chevrolet on lap four of his Heat race.
– Curtis Moore’s 6th place finish in Lethbridge was his first top-ten finish of 2009. Moore had a total of nine top 10’s last season which includes back to back runner-up finishes.
– Pat Fines is off to his best start (5th in points) in three seasons in an NPP Late Model.