ESCANABA - Offroad racing is one of the more unpredictable sporting events. Trucks break down, tires pop, and racers crash into one another and even flip cars, and these things happen on a regular basis. But if there is such a thing as momentum in racing, Escanaba local Danny Beauchamp, 28, certainly has it heading into the Championship in Crandon on Sept. 1-2.
In the first weekend of July, Beauchamp came away from the Super Stock Truck races in Antigo, Wis. with a first place and a second place victory. This was followed by the Bark River Offroad races, in which he secured two second place finishes last weekend.
"My performance (at Bark River) was good. We started at the back, because we came into the weekend as the points leader," Beauchamp said. "Coming from the back, and making it to second (place) was really good. Bark River is not an easy track to pass at."
Photo by Chris Hord
Danny Beauchamp gets some serious air coming off of a jump at the Bark
River Raceway last Saturday. Beauchamp took second place on both days
in the Super Stock Truck class.
He said it's always nice to come back to this area for a race, because he has lived here all his life.
"I like (Escanaba). I'll probably never move. This is where my family is from. This is where my race shop is located. And when I race here, a lot of my local sponsors come and get to see what their money is doing. And my family and friends get to enjoy the racing," he said.
The Championship races will be held in Crandon, Wis. on Labor Day weekend, and this is the first time Beauchamp has been in the championship points race, let alone at the top of it.
"We took second place last time we were at Crandon. We usually do very well there," he added. "I was in the lead for like 13 out of the 16 laps, (but then) we had an incident where a guy took me out."
Beauchamp is leading in points by two heading into Labor Day weekend, and all his hard work is finally paying off, because he is so close to a championship.
"It's awesome," he said. "I'm sort of the guy with a target on my back in the Super Stock class, but that's fine with me."
In regards to Crandon, he said he feels confident.
"We are the team to beat, put it that way," he said.