Joliet: Jack Beckman preview

ENCOURAGING NEWS IN HAND, BECKMAN HEADS FOR CHICAGO JOLIET, Ill. -- "Fast Jack" Beckman will head to Route 66 Raceway for this weekend's CARQUEST NHRA Nationals in search of his first professional victory, but in many ways, the driver of the ...

ENCOURAGING NEWS IN HAND, BECKMAN HEADS FOR CHICAGO

JOLIET, Ill. -- "Fast Jack" Beckman will head to Route 66 Raceway for this weekend's CARQUEST NHRA Nationals in search of his first professional victory, but in many ways, the driver of the Menards/Mail Terminal Services Top Fuel dragster already feels like a winner. During a recent follow up appointment with his doctors Beckman was told that his cancer remains in remission.

"That's the news all cancer survivors hope to hear," said Beckman, who was diagnosed with level 3B high grade lymphoma in May 2004. "They told me to come back in three months, which is a big relief since I've been going to the doctor every month since my chemotherapy treatments ended last October. You never forget that you had cancer, but it's nice to be able to put it in the back of your mind for a while."

Now Beckman will turn his full attention to his next goal, which is recording the quickest and fastest run of his career on the notoriously rapid quarter-mile at Route 66 Raceway. Beckman, Menards/MTS team owner Dexter Tuttle, and crew chief Jimmy Walsh will be looking to better the 4.61- second, 310.12-mph run they made last April in Las Vegas.

"The racing surface at Route 66 Raceway is absolutely second to none," Beckman said. "It can take everything you throw at it, so I'm excited about the prospects of running really fast there and getting a little more 'G- Force Therapy.' We never really got a handle on the track at our last race in Columbus, but that shouldn't be an issue when we get to Chicago."

Beckman will be returning to Route 66 Raceway for the first time since last September's Jeg's Sportsman All-stars event, which showcases the most talented sportsman racers from each of NHRA's seven geographic divisions. Beckman was the Pacific Division Super Comp representative and earned a runner-up finish. In his two professional starts this year behind the wheel of the Menards/MTS dragster, Beckman has a pair of quarterfinal finishes.

"I have fond memories of racing here last year," said Beckman. "Hopefully, we'll make some more this year. We've won a round at each of our first two races in Top Fuel. Now, we're looking to take it a step further."

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