This season, Beard's opening volley will come from behind the wheel of his first Stock Eliminator car, an unconventional but deadly Billy Nees Race Cars-prepped Duck Tape '85 Plymouth Turismo. The 2.2L four cylinder, front wheel drive car surprised and confounded a multitude of opponents last year, capturing two wins and two semifinals in just ten weekends of racing.
"We're in the process of building a Super Stock engine for the Duck Tape Volare, which will allow us to compete at a wider range of events while maintaining the reliability and consistency we've enjoyed with our Sloan Racing Engines-built 360 Magnum crate motor," said Beard. "So, in the meantime, the Turismo is the weapon of choice. It proved itself more than capable last year, and I'm looking forward to competing with it on the big stage. That car is already legal for both IHRA and NHRA, so it's another car that allows us some more flexibility in our scheduling, so we can compete at higher-profile events - and that means more exposure for our sponsors. At many of the events closer to home, I hope to be able to compete with both cars.
"I'd like to thank Southland Speed for coming on board to help with the Super Stock project. The knowledge and support of Jeff Teuton, Scott Helms, and everyone else at Southland is invaluable. They're also a lot of fun," he added. "You quickly realize that they're the life of the party, where a race just happens to break out!
"I'd also like to thank Abruzzi Racing Transmissions and Converters for updating our transmission and converter to Super Stock spec.
Fans will be able to follow the action this weekend via Live Timing on http://www.ihra.com/. For schedules, results, sponsor links and more information, visit Duck Tape Racing online at www.staginglight.com/motorsports/