Beckman settles for first round finish in Brainerd BRAINERD, Minn. -- After running a career best 4.56 in qualifying, Jack Beckman and the Menards/Mail Terminal Services Top Fuel team were optimistic heading into final eliminations for...
Beckman settles for first round finish in Brainerd
BRAINERD, Minn. -- After running a career best 4.56 in qualifying, Jack Beckman and the Menards/Mail Terminal Services Top Fuel team were optimistic heading into final eliminations for yesterday's Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. Unfortunately, Beckman smoked the tires in the opening round and lost to Doug Kalitta.
"I felt wonderful on Saturday because the car ran the best number that it has ever run and we qualified in the top half of the field," said Beckman, who qualified eighth. "The weather changed on Sunday and we didn't make the proper adjustments. Doug [Kalitta] ran a 4.56, so we had our work cut out for us but it would have been nice to go a few rounds."
Beckman was not qualified after two runs on Friday, but put the Menards/MTS dragster solidly in the show on Saturday with a 4.56 at over 324-mph.
"That was quite a ride," Beckman said. "[Crew chief] Jimmy Walsh has been trying a number of new components and based on that run, it appears that he's beginning to get a handle on the combination. Any time you've got a car that can run 4.5s, other teams have to take you seriously. Now, we just need to start winning some rounds on race day."
Despite the early loss, the Menards/MTS team did not leave Brainerd empty-handed as they were honored with the Best Appearing Crew award during pre-race ceremonies.
"This is a big market for Menards so it was great to get some extra exposure for them this weekend," said Beckman. "Its too bad that [MTS owners] Rodger and Karen Comstock weren't here on Sunday because they are responsible for our uniforms."
The next event for the Menards/MTS Top Fuel team will be the 51st annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, August 31-September 5 at historic Indianapolis Raceway Park.