BECKMAN HEADS TO 'HOME AWAY FROM HOME' TEXAS? NORCO, Calif. (April 6, 2010) - This may be reaching, but California native "Fast" Jack Beckman says he's looking forward to returning to what he's begun to consider his home away from home - Texas -...
BECKMAN HEADS TO 'HOME AWAY FROM HOME' TEXAS?
NORCO, Calif. (April 6, 2010) - This may be reaching, but California native "Fast" Jack Beckman says he's looking forward to returning to what he's begun to consider his home away from home - Texas - and the 23rd annual NHRA Spring Nationals this weekend at Houston Raceway Park.
"By proxy, I guess I'm part Texan right now, because my dad (Bob) lives there in Arlington," says Beckman, who drives the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger for Don Schumacher Racing in the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. "So, I definitely have a lot of Texans on my side. My dad's been in Texas on and off for the last 25 years working there, and now he lives there. And he's got a huge contingent of buddies, friends and car fanatics, who always come to both of the Texas races. It's kind of of become a home away from home.
"It's interesting," adds Beckman, who was Funny Car runner-up in Houston in 2009. "We started off the year with three very interesting races, with one win, a rain delay, and some interesting things happening. Then we go to Concord for the four-wide 'novelty' race (according to Tim Wilkerson). The first two runs in Houston are going to seem a little bit odd with only two cars out there. You won't have this big drama of trying to get four cars up to the starting line.
"I think this is where we get back to business as usual and racing in conditions that we're used to. We're eager to prove that the way the Valvoline/MTS Dodge ran in Concord is the way that we're postured for the rest of the season," added Beckman, who is third in the point standings, following his No. 3 qualifying effort and a "semifinal" finish in Concord.
"We were never far off, but we picked away at this thing a little bit since Pomona (season-opener). I do believe that we are now one of the top cars in terms of quickness, and we definitely are in terms of speed." Beckman set his career-best elapsed time (4.040 seconds) and speed (313.66 mph) racing to 1000 feet in Concord.
"We can't wait to get to Houston and unload and prove that that quickness was no fluke and that we're still able to maintain that consistency that's been our hallmark for getting to the final round."
Mail Terminal Services will continue to send boxes of post cards of support and encouragement, along with hand-out cards of DSR drivers, National Dragster and Drag Racing Action magazines to soldiers overseas. This year the program expands the opportunity to participate beyond just the NHRA fans and are including schools and service organizations. If a school or organization would like to write post cards of encouragement to the U.S. troops, the request should be sent to email@example.com. MTS will be pleased to send post cards for the project and signed handout cards from Funny Car driver Jack Beckman and a Certificate of Service for the school or organization.