Charlotte II: Jack Beckman Saturday report

BECKMAN QUALIFIES NO. 7 IN CONCORD CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 18, 2010) - "Fast" Jack Beckman drove the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger Funny Car into No. 7 during qualifying for the third annual NHRA Carolinas Nationals, posting a ...

BECKMAN QUALIFIES NO. 7 IN CONCORD

CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 18, 2010) - "Fast" Jack Beckman drove the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger Funny Car into No. 7 during qualifying for the third annual NHRA Carolinas Nationals, posting a 4.123-second run at 305.36 mph during the cooler Friday night session. He earned two qualifying bonus points for his efforts but slipped to third place in the Countdown to the Championship playoffs rankings. His Don Schumacher Racing teammate Matt Hagan moved into second.

Del Worsham also clocked a 4.123-second lap, but earned No. 6 position because of speed (306.67 mph). Non-Countdown-contender Cruz Pedregon grabbed the pole with a 4.078/303.57 and earned nine bonus points.

Beckman's other laps this weekend were a 6.440/99.77 on Friday (No. 13), and a 4.153/303.71 (second quickest of the round) today, followed by a 4.760/169.44.

"I want to hit the fast-forward button and get to noon tomorrow," said Beckman, winner of the inaugural 2008 event in Concord. "I can't wait. Sometimes when you look at the numbers after qualifying you don't get the whole picture.

"We knew we were going to be a top-half car after the first few pairs ran the last qualifying session, so we leaned on it and it hauled early. We were over-tuned and it smoked the tires. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. We've already gone up there conservative this weekend. Now we know how much we can back it down and be good for tomorrow."

As for having to race his other DSR teammate Ron Capps in the opening round, "Don't like to race teammates early," he said. "Don Schumacher's goal is to have us on opposite corners of the ladder so we don't face until the semis.

"But, right now, it's the Countdown and there are no teammates. We need to win this deal for Valvoline and MTS. The match-ups tomorrow look phenomenal. It's going to be exciting from a fan standpoint and I think we have the car that can do this again."

-source: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Del Worsham , Ron Capps , Cruz Pedregon , Jack Beckman , Don Schumacher , Matt Hagan