SECOND ROUND FINISH HIGHLIGHTS BECKMAN'S TOP FUEL DEBUT LAS VEGAS, Nev. (April 17) -- "Fast Jack" Beckman accomplished so many personal objectives during his Top Fuel debut at the NHRA Summitracing.com Nationals that he can barely remember...
SECOND ROUND FINISH HIGHLIGHTS BECKMAN'S TOP FUEL DEBUT
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (April 17) -- "Fast Jack" Beckman accomplished so many personal objectives during his Top Fuel debut at the NHRA Summitracing.com Nationals that he can barely remember them all. The former NHRA Sportsman champ, who made his professional debut behind the wheel of the Menards/MTS/DHL Top Fuel dragster, made the best pass of his brief career during qualifying with a 4.610-second run that was good for the eighth starting spot. Beckman also topped 300-mph for the first time with a 310.13 blast, but the biggest highlight of the weekend came in Sunday's opening round of eliminations where Beckman defeated fellow Top Fuel freshman Ben Marshall.
The only downer came in round two when he was unable to appear for his race against Doug Kalitta due to a fuel leak, which was later traced to a broken fuel fitting. Though disappointing, the loss did little to dampen Beckman's enthusiasm.
"If someone had told me last week that we'd qualify in top half of the field and win a round, I'm not sure if I would have believed it," said Beckman. "It was everything we could have hoped for. Sure, I'm disappointed to lose, but now that we've claimed the first round win for the Menards//MTS team, we want more."
Beckman's opening round race was memorable because he defeated Marshall by just eight-thousandths of a second in one of the closest races of the day. Both cars smoked the tires during the run, but Beckman was able to recover and hold on for the win with a 5.060 to Marshall's 5.087. The run began with some confusion as Beckman had to do an abbreviated burnout.
"We had a problem with the throttle stop so I did the burnout without it. I also saw Morgan Lucas smoke the tires in front of me so I had a lot on my mind. During the run I saw his front end and then he disappeared. It was an awesome feeling when I saw that win light come on. Now mater how many races I run, I'll never forget that one. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to [car owner] Dexter Tuttle, to Rodger and Karen Comstock of MTS and the entire Menards/MTS team for making this dream come true."
The next event for the Menards/MTS/DHL team will be the Pontiac Performance NHRA Nationals in Columbus, Ohio, May 19-22.