Alton, VA (5/13/2017) – “I couldn’t believe it, the hard work paid off.” The first thought in Draik’s head when he realized he was going to win the race, but the rest of us already knew that about this young man. Draik Beauchamp’s hardwork starts before he ever makes it to the track. This young man cuts lawns and details cars to earn his own money to help fund his racing dream. The minute he and his dad arrive at the track they are unloading the truck and setting up the pits. Kurt Beachamp travels with Draik, always first to arrive and last to leave, taking on any job that needs to be done. Draik gets on the bike and rides bringing back information for Dale Quartereley to interpret and help coach Draik to a win. Kurt works diligently as the mechanic to make the changes to Draik’s bike. All that hard work and dedication paid off this weekend.
After a cold wet day on Friday that didn’t present the results Draik was looking for he showed up Saturday morning saying, “I qualified yesterday in a position that doesn’t represent me. New mindset today with new goals.” Qualifying P5 on a sunny dry track, Draik needed a strategy to get to the front finish first. At the start of the race his teammate Jackson Blackmon was out front right out of the gate. Draik and Benjamin Smith traded places a few times, then Benjamin passed Jackson for first. On and off the track Draik has repeatedly been a team player; taking the big brother role at Jennings for some practice laps with Jake Leahey and working with Jackson Blackmon in the rain. Today that teamwork helped form a draft and late in the race pass for Draik past Benjamin with Jackson in toe. Draik reflects back on the day and notes. “When it comes down to it motorcycle racing isn’t a ‘team sport’; there’s only one winner. But I am really glad to be part of 1/4LEY Racing On Track Development team. Without the support of the entire team and the motivation these guys provided I don’t know where I’d be!” For today, Draik Beachamp stands on the center podium in his first professional win in the KTM 390 RC Cup Race with dad celebrating alongside his son’s victory.
“Amazing day here with MotoAmerica at VIR. I'm very blessed to have a great team behind me along with all my sponsors and supporters. Looking for more awesome results for the 1/4ley Racing On Track Development team. Thanks to: Trever White at Harper VW,Ogle, Elrod, & Baril, Tint One, Red Fox Racing, Cycle Gear, 129photos.com, SaferMoto.com, Pit Pass Radio, Motorex USA, Spider Graphix Sportbike Leather Service, and LS2 Helmets. Of course a special thanks to Bob and Melissa Monroe Robbins for making this possible. - Draik
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