Gainesville: Jack Beckman Saturday notes

BECKMAN CLAIMS NO. 6 IN GATORS QUALIFYNG GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 15, 2008) - After grabbing the No. 1 spot in the first of only two qualifying sessions today (due to Friday's rain-out of all pro qualifying) with a 4.847-second lap at 325.27...

BECKMAN CLAIMS NO. 6 IN GATORS QUALIFYNG

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 15, 2008) - After grabbing the No. 1 spot in the first of only two qualifying sessions today (due to Friday's rain-out of all pro qualifying) with a 4.847-second lap at 325.27 mph, Jack Beckman had to settle for No. 6 following the second and final round, when the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car overpowered the track. That final pass produced an 11.106/75.80 result.

"Let me tell you something," said Beckman, an instructor at Frank Hawley's Drag Racing School. "I would much rather be in the situation we were in today, sitting in the back of the Funny Car pairings in the last qualifying session, 95 percent sure you're going to be in the field, and be able to hop the car up and take a home-run shot for No. 1, than where we were in Phoenix coming up for the last session and not qualified, praying that whatever happens that the car gets into the show." For the second straight 2008 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series race, Friday's two qualifying sessions were rained out. In Phoenix, Beckman qualified in his final attempt, then went on to win the event.

"So, we actually had the luxury of being able to take a free shot at the race track and we had too much horsepower that last run," said Beckman, who failed to qualify here last year. "But, I tell you, this is awesome. We qualified, we qualified top half and I've got Frank Hawley first round tomorrow. I would've never imagined 10 years ago when I went to work for him we'd get him out of retirement, get him back in a Funny Car, and I'd be in the other lane first round."

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jack Beckman , Frank Hawley