CAMPBELL RIVER, BC. – Chris Beaulieu, son of 2007 Northern Provincial Pipelines Late Model Series champion Jason Beaulieu, will be the primary driver of the NPP/All Weather Windows #90 Dodge for the remainder of the 2012 season. “The original plan was that my dad was going to drive most of the NPP events this season and I would race a couple of times at the events he couldn’t attend.” Jason Beaulieu is owner of Pacific Cachalot, a tugboat company based in Campbell River, British Columbia. Chris Beaulieu works as a supervisor for his father’s company. “We both can’t be gone [racing] at the same time,” says Beaulieu, “things are so busy right now that one of us has to be here. So I am only following my bosses instructions.”

(photo: STP Racing Memories)

As a ‘relief’ driver, Chris Beaulieu wrapped up the 2011 NPP Season in Lethbridge with a Feature win. He won the 2012 NPP Season opener in Edmonton last month. Beaulieu currently is the early NPP Series point leader. “This is an opportunity to make a name for myself in this Series,” says the 24 year old, “I think I will probably drive a little bit more smarter but more aggressive.” In August of 2006, at a two-day show at Speedy Creek Raceway in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Chris Beaulieu made his NPP Late Model Series debut. Beaulieu would register 19th place finishes in the Feature events both nights. A few weeks later Beaulieu would finish 10th at Rocky Mountain Raceway Park in Okotoks, Alberta. “It was a lot more challenging than I thought it would be,” admits Beaulieu, “I was racing IMCA Modifieds at the time. Jumping into the bigger car was something new.” Beaulieu would later clinch the 2006 IMCA Modified Season Championship at his home track of Saratoga Speedway. As his dad was claiming the 2007 NPP Late Model Series Championship, Chris would once again claim the IMCA Modified Season Championship on Vancouver Island. Chris Beaulieu would win the Saratoga Speedway IMCA Modified Season Championship for a third consecutive year in 2008.

(photo: Team Beaulieu)

Chris Beaulieu has two Feature wins in 20 NPP Late Model Series starts. In those 20 starts Beaulieu has an average NPP Series Feature finish of 8.35. Right now Beaulieu’s next NPP Series appearance at Central Alberta Raceways on June 23rd [rescheduled from June 8/9th rainout] is up in the air. “I’m racing my Modified in the Wild, Wild, West Speed Weeks. This is something that has been planned for about a year.” The 2nd annual Wild West Modified Tour will feature close to 50 USRA Outlaw Modified race teams competing at seven different race tracks over a period of eight nights. “It’s a big money week,” indicates Beaulieu, “right now I plan on racing the entire schedule. However if I’m not doing well in the points then I will skip the last race in Washington [Skagit Speedway] and race in Rimbey.”

CHRIS BEAULIEU – Campbell River, BC

Saturday, June 16th; Southern Oregon Speedway – Medford, Oregon
Sunday, June 17th; Yreka Speedway – Yreka, California
Monday, June 18th; Cottage Grove Speedway – Cottage Grove, Oregon
Tuesday, June 19th: Willamette Speedway – Lebanon, Oregon
Wednesday, June 20th; Sunset Speedway – Banks, Oregon
Thursday, June 21st; no race scheduled
Friday, June 22nd – Grays Harbor Raceway – Elma, Washingto
>Saturday, June 23rd: Skagit Speedway – Skagit, Washington<
>Saturday, June 23rd; Central Alberta Raceways – Rimbey, Alberta<