CRANDON, WIS. - Local Super Stock truck racer Danny Beauchamp, of Escanaba, left the races at Bark River last month ahead by only two points in the standings.
His next scheduled race was Labor Day weekend at the Crandon International Raceway, with the Super Stock championship on the line.
The race for the championship was not without a little intensity, but Beauchamp inevitably came away with the gold, winning first place in both of his events.
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Danny Beauchamp celebrates his world championship run Saturday from the roof of his truck.
"At Crandon, you like up all in a row, and race to the first corner in a quarter-mile straight-away," he said. "Both days, I was able to pull the hole shot, and get out of the gate first."
Beauchamp seems to fare well, even in races where he has a fairly low starting position. But when the playing field is equal for everyone, he has a tendency to excel.
Racer Mitch Dorr gave Beauchamp a run for his money on the first day of races, but a bit of tough luck came Dorr's way and left the front-runner all alone.
"(On Saturday), there was one guy that was competing with me, but in the last lap, he ended up blowing his engine," he said. "When his engine blew, there was no one else even close to me."
It hasn't even been a week, and Beauchamp said his victory hasn't fully registered yet. But the surreal element of this particular victory is definitely bittersweet.
"It hasn't quite hit me yet, but it's awesome man," he added. "I'm just happy. Happy for all the guys that have been helping me, happy for my family and friends.
"It's cool for everyone that has stuck by me all these years. What an achievement."
With his ascent to the Championship podium at Crandon, Beauchamp's season came to an end.
"The only thing we have left is a banquet for the trophies," he concluded. "For my win on Saturday, I get a ring, because I'm a World Champion now."