Beasley First at PittRace
Wampum, PA – From pole, Sam Beasley led flag-to-flag at the new Pittsburgh International Race Complex to continue a dominating F2000 Championship Series season. The Legacy Autosport No. 4 was the class of the field with Beasley driving to an easy checkered flag. Eric Filgueiras returned to the podium with a solid second place run and Steve Bamford charged to third after starting from seventh.
Beasley extends his already-massive points lead on a string of victories as he continues to dominate the 2015 season.
“I had a great car today, it has been fast all weekend,” said Beasley, from Chardon, Ohio. “I need to thank the team for helping us out with everything. It's been a great weekend. It's good a track here, the layout is great and I think it adds a lot of challenge to the whole track.”
Filgueiras moved from fourth to third early in the race, and then scrapped with Trent Walko for second place. Once Filgueiras moved his Spencer Racing No. 22 into second, it was there he stayed, ahead of a group of four cars battling the entire race for the runner-up position.
“This feels like a win for us, it's a pleasure being here, it's a great track,” said Filgueiras. “That's the goal, as races wind down we have to beat our competitors that are with us in the points and we accomplished that today.”
Bamford was one of the most determined drivers in the field as the Masters Class veteran moved from seventh and carved his way to a third place finish, getting past Trent Walko in the dying stages of the race.
Walko would hang onto fourth, and kept a persistent John McCusker and his Dotworks Racing Van Diemen at bay for the entire event, with McCusker finishing fifth, just ahead of his younger brother Austin, who completed the train of cars battling throughout the 16-lap race.
The race was cut short by a single lap, moving to a 30-minute time window after two cautions slowed things down.
David Grant was another driving fighting for every inch of the race track, as he beat Quinlan Lall to the line for a seventh place spot. Lall was eighth, while Brandon Dixon moved through the field, dropping from tenth to last, and then passing cars to get to ninth by the checkered flag. The Citation driver was second in the Masters Class.
“I guess on the start it was tight and hard racing,” said the Alabama native. “Sam Chastain and (David) Grant got together, and I don’t know how I didn’t hit them. I spun in avoidance and was at the absolute back of the field and tried to pick people off one at a time.”
Following Dixon to the line by a car length was Steve Jenks in tenth spot, and the third Masters Class driver in the results.
The new 2.8-mile Pittsburgh track claimed a number of victims on Saturday afternoon as Sam Chastain failed to finish with an issue following the start. Other DNFs included Robert Wright, Nick Palacio and Devin Lesueu, along with Bob Reid and Peter Gonzalez.
Full race results are available on www.F2000Series.com under the Results.
Sunday continues with round 10 of the 2015 season.