Clean Sweep of Pittsburgh for Beasley
Wampum, PA – It was a dominating weekend for Sam Beasley at Pittsburgh International Race Complex, with two poles, fastest laps and two race victories, as the No. 4 drove flag-to-flag on Sunday afternoon to complete his weekend sweep. After Beasley’s commanding pace at the front of the field, Steve Bamford was second after a race-long battle with Trent Walko, who completed the podium.
“It’s definitely a great track since they added onto it, it’s always been a lot of fun and challenging,” said Beasley. “The Legacy Autosport car has been fantastic all weekend. Hopefully we’ll keep on doing what we’re doing and be successful.”
Bamford came from sixth on the grid to finish second after a great duel with Trent Walko. Making the result even better, Bamford’s Rice Race Prep crew was busy between qualifying and the race changing a differential.
“I’m working hard but my team is working much harder,” added Bamford.
Walko settled for third, losing out on second spot to Bamford. Part of that group included Eric Filgueiras in the early stages of the race, as the three battled. Filgueiras failed to finish, going off course and not being able to rejoin the field.
“It’s great to get a podium here two years in a row with my family around, I had a really nice hard race with Steve and Eric (Filgueiras),” said Walko, who drives the No. 91 Spectrum.
Austin McCusker was another driver making moves, going from ninth to fourth during the race in the Dotworks Racing RFR. After a last to top-ten drive on Saturday, Brandon Dixon got ever faster, finishing fifth and scoring second place in the Masters Class in the No. 5 Citation.
“Qualifying didn’t go exactly as we wanted, the car was a bit off,” said Dixon. “We made some changes after qualifying and the car was significantly better. We keep making baby steps to the front.”
Nick Palacio was behind Dixon with a sixth place effort in his best showing of the year, as John McCusker battled to seventh ahead of Quinlan Lall, David Grant and Bob Reid. Lall’s Momentum crew worked hard overnight, changing an engine after a rock found his Zetec’s radiator on the last lap of Saturday’s race.
Retirements included Peter Gonzalez, Eric Filgueiras, Steve Jenks, Sam Chastain and Tom Fatur. The race had one short caution period, and ran all 17 laps.
Full race results are available on www.F2000Series.com under the Results tab.
The F2000 Championship Series continues from New Jersey Motorsports Park with rounds 11 and 12, of 14, August 28-30.