The season opener in Phoenix was overall a good outing for the Beal Motorsports team. While Shannon ran well during testing, transmission gremlins took him out in first round. However, Shannon and team jumped in help Casey since he was running great and going rounds. Casey ran great all weekend, but came up a bit short against Shawn Reed in the finals with a 6.98. It was great to see Shawn and Top Secret team back out and as competitive as ever! With a final round appearance at the opener, we keep our team momentum going from last year (we had a boat in the final at 6 out of 9 races!).
Now the Team is preparing to head to the Colorado River Challenge in Parker, AZ. This is one of the most fun places we’ve raced. From the clear cool water to a super fast race track, we really enjoy racing there. With both team tow rigs left in Arizona from the last race, the team is heading back out this week to keep their momentum rolling. Please stop by and say hi if you attend the event! BM
The Beal Motorpsorts Team has been very busy in the off season. Both boats are fresh and ready for the season and a gearing up for a championship run! Split Decision 3, driven by Casey Beal, got a new look with some added color (check out our new shirt design)! They hit the road this week for the race in Chandler, Arizona Mar 31-Apr 2.
Wish us luck!
Please come by our pits and say hi if you are attending the races.
See our new shirts below. They will be ready by the Wheatland race. We have a couple t-shirt sponsor spots available. Let us know if you’re interested in having your name or logo on our shirts! Click here for more info: T-Shirt Sponsorships
We are once again offering t-shirt sponsorships for the 2017 season which is a way to put your company logo or your personal name on our team t-shirts and fan cards for the season! Business logos are $500 and personal sponsors are $250. With this package, you will also receive a t-shirt and a fan card. We can also customize a package for you (name on one or both boats for one race or multiple races,etc.). Sponsors are shown at the bottom of the shirt (see attached photos of previous years shirts and cards). Please email us (or comment) if you are interested. Please pass the word if you may know of someone interested. Thanks!
We’re home from the beautiful Lake Havasu, AZ Lucas Oil Drag Boat Race. We knew heading out on the western swing that there was a potential wind problem for Lake Havasu, so Lucas Oil shortened the course to 1000′ for all boats. Thankfully the wind forecast kept improving as the days got closer. We started Friday morning off with an early qualifying session, Casey jumped right into the field with a 5.79 (5.70 index). Shannon’s first run was a bit too quick with a 5.36 (5.40 index).
The second half of the day was opened to a test-n-tune. We sat out the test session and got the fire-boat ready for the show-n-shine up on Main Street. Man, what a crowd we got! It was packed, the whole show from 6-9pm.
Saturday morning the wind settled down and we got back to qualifying. Casey’s second qualifying run was a 5.75 which put him in 3rd. Shannon’s second pass got a little out of shape from water conditions, he ended up shutting it off early to a 5.69. This put Shannon in 4th place after Q2. The wind was still down, so we went ahead with the third session of qualifying. Casey ran a 5.73 and stayed qualified #3 as the whole field improved. Shannon went to the top spot and qualified #1 with a 5.42. These qualifying positions allowed Shannon to stay #1 overall in the Pro Outlaw Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series national points! It also moved Casey up to the #5 spot in the Pro Modified national points.
Unfortunately, this is where our race weekend would end. The wind picked up on Sunday and turned Lake Havasu into an ocean. The race was cancelled Sunday morning with the wind already at 20 and predicted to keep increasing to 30+ mph!
The World Finals is turning out to be exciting, a close points battle in all classes!
We want to thank Cody Childress and TNT racing for the use of their generator all weekend (ours broke on the trip out!). We want to offer special thanks to our friends and sponsors Geoff and Meridith Archer with Twisted Liquid Marine. Their dedication to the future of our sport with their two Junior Drag Boat Racing League boats have turned out to be an awesome deal! Can’t wait to see what next year brings the JRDBRL! We also want to thank Pat and Cheri Wilson, Lynn’s Heavy Hauling, Sampica Racing, Wilson & Vestweber, Lucas Oil Products, and all of our crew Steve and Shirley Beal, Rob and Kathy Downs, Greg Leigh, Mike Heyl, and Jim Sampica.
See everyone at the World Finals in a few weeks!
Everyone here at Beal Motorsports was excited to see the racing community jump in and make Levi’s birthday special. Levi is little boy that turned 5 on Sept 4th (a huge race fan!). He suffers from a bone eating type of Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH). This is a rare cancer that begins in LCH cells (a type of dendritic cell which fights infection).
Here is Levi showing the care package we sent. We sent a Beal Motorsports t-shirt, koozie, signed fan card, a hot wheels drag boat, and a Lucas Oil lanyard. Our team also signed the Lucas Oil flag that made it way around the pits at the 5th Annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals in Wheatland, Mo. We want to thank Janet Ebert (Ebert Racing) for organizing that event and letting us take part! Racers are among some of the most caring groups of people there are and we are thankful to be part of it! If you or your team are interested in sending a fan card, please search for the group, “Cards for Levi” on Facebook. It will have all the information needed. Our hearts and prayers go out to Levi and his family.
The display at Lakeside Speedway on August 21, went really well. We visited with fans for several hours on both the boat and the upcoming race in Wheatland, MO. Lucas Oil Speedway donated some give-a-ways for the fans as well as our team giving out some t-shirts and koozies. Hopefully we’ll see a lot of them out at Wheatland. Our team again, wants to thank Angi and Shane Roach, Shane Roach Concrete and Construction, Lucas Oil, and Lucas Oil Speedway for making this event a success.
We are now preparing for the 5th Annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals in Wheatland, Mo this weekend. This race kicks off the final (3) race swing of our season. From Wheatland, we go to Lake Havasu, AZ, then on to the World Finals in Phoenix, AZ. Since it is our home track, we are always excited about the races in Wheatland. Most of our sponsors get to come as well as family and friends. With this being our first full season with a two boat team, we are excited to say both boats are doing well. Our new “Split Decision 3” (black boat) is aiming for a top 5 finish in Pro Modified national points, while “Split Decision 2” (fire boat) is leading the Pro Outlaw national points by a slim margin. We expect both classes to be a battle down to the finish and be decided at the World Finals. Everyone have a safe trip to Wheatland and we will see you all there!
Come on out to the Lakeside Speedway this Friday, Aug 21, for the United States Modified Touring Series. We will have the 2,500-horsepower “Split Decision 2” Pro Outlaw Drag Boat on display.
We will have fan cards and other give-a-ways for the kids (young and old) to hand out, plus we will be firing it up!
We are promoting the 5th Annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals at the Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., Sept 4-6.
We want to thank Angi Roach, Shane Roach Concrete & Construction and Lakeside Speedway for making this happen.
You can read more about the USMTS race at http://www.lakesidespeedway.net
Also visit www.LucasOilSpeedway.com or www.LucasOilDragBoats.com to find out more about drag boat racing and the 5th Annual Diamond Drag Boat Nationals.