12:01 PM - Pace car rolls for race 11 of the Valvoline
Runoffs, D Sports Racer.
12:02 PM - Starting on the front-row is No. 7
Reupert in a Loa AMW and No. 45 Beasley Jr., in a BeaseDecker
12:03 PM - No. 7 has won the National Championship twice and
captured the pole with a new qualifying lap record.
12:04 PM - The
defending National Champion is No. 1 Sunseri, starting fifth.
- GREEN, No. 45 gets a good jump and takes the lead.
12:05 PM - Working
lap 1, No. 1 has moved into second place.
12:06 PM - Working lap 2,
Top-five is No. 45, No. 1, No. 2 Miller, No. 7 and No. 96 Hoover.
PM - Working lap 4, Top-three have pulled out a good lead on fourth and
12:14 PM - Working lap 7, Top-three remain
12:14 PM - Working lap 7, No. 45 has pulled out a large lead
on second place.
12:14 PM - Working lap 7, No. 7 under threat by No.
12:18 PM - Working lap 10, Top-five remain unchanged and evenly
12:19 PM - Working lap 10, 4 Beasley Sr. pulls into the pits
12:20 PM - Working lap 11, No. 96 passes No. 7 for fourth
12:21 PM - Working lap 11, No. 3 Lapham pulls into the
12:24 PM - Working lap 14, No. 1 and No. 2 are the only battle
for position in the top-five.
12:25 PM - Working lap 15, No. 7 has
closed on No. 96 to challenge for fourth place.
12:27 PM - Working lap
16, No. 96 has contact with lapped traffic and falls back to fifth
12:30 PM - Working lap 18, No. 7 is now all over the back of No.
12:32 PM - Working lap 19, No. 2 is now in third place and
challenging No. 1 for second place.
12:32 PM - Working lap 19, There is
now a three-way battle for second place.
12:32 PM - WHITE, Working lap
20, No. 1 has pulled out a marginal lead on No. 7 for second
12:34 PM - CHECKERED, No. 45 Beasley Jr. wins the D Sport Racer
He becomes the third member of the family to win
a National Championship. Completing the top- three is No. 1 Sunseri and
No. 7 Reupert.
"The car was handling fairly well. The
Goodyears I used were a combination I had not tried before, and they
worked. I had a slow start because, first of all, I was jumped, and then I
took it easy getting used to the new tires. More than that, I had trouble
steering. For some reason, my driving gloves could not grip the wheel. My
hands kept sliding on the wheel. It took me a long time to get used to it.
I caught up with the leaders, then hit traffic and fell back. Then I had
to do it all over again. I drove as hard as I could. Finally Miller got
caught up in traffic and I was able to get by him. It was a good clean
race. This is my 11th year in a row that I have driven this same chassis.
It is an old Lola T-540 with an engine that we designed, cast, and built
ourselves. In fact, we've never even named it, so I don't know what you'd
"I felt the
presence of Miller and Reupert all race long. I lost a lot of time in the
Keyhole. I couldn't get my car to handle there. The car understeered more
and more as the race went on and I couldn't keep up with Al."
AL BEASLEY JR.
2000 National Champion
"The car was
perfect. I thank my dad for letting me drive his car. This is only the
second time I've ever driven it. It is a 1986 Decker with a Yamaha engine.
My brother Ben built a new body for it, and Dad prepared the motor. The
car was set up just right. It ran perfectly. The Hoosier tires were quite
good. Whoever gets the right setup on the right day will win, and today