By Don Schumacher Racing
Jack Beckman Looks To Resume Winning Ways This Weekend In Ohio NHRA Event
Jack Beckman reached the final round in last week’s NHRA event, but this left the two-time winner on the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series circuit anxious to get the Valvoline/Aaron’s Dream Machine Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car into the winner’s circle here at this weekend’s fifth annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
“I just can’t wait to get back in the car this Friday (for the first round of qualifying, scheduled for 5:30 p.m.) and take another shot at winning another Wally,” said the Don Schumacher Racing driver. “We’ve been to three finals and have two wins out of nine races so far, which is great, but once you’ve experienced the euphoria of winning, you want to repeat it.
“Speaking of repeating, we’ve won (2009) one of the four races which have been run at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park since it joined the NHRA national circuit (2007) and we really want to win another. The Bader family has done a great job here for the drivers, the teams and the fans.”
According to the 44-year-old Southern Californian, a win this weekend holds some additional significance.
“We’ve won twice in the ‘Aaron’s car,” he said. “This is the first weekend we’ll be running the Valvoline paint scheme (with the iconic lubricant firm as the primary) and we’d really like to get it into the winner’s circle; they’ve been such a great supporter of me and DSR through the years, it would just make Sunday that much sweeter.”
Beckman’s runner-up finish Sunday in Bristol solidified his hold on second place in the 2011 NHRA Funny Car standings, moving him to within three race rounds of the leader, Mike Neff, and keeping him ahead of Robert Hight, who won last week in Bristol.
“We’ve been successful as Rahn (Tobler, crew chief), John (Collins, assistant crew chief) and the guys consistently give me a great race car to drive, and I believe we’ll keep up the success,” he said. “But I also believe there will be at least eight winners in the Funny Car category this year, not just the three (Neff and Hight are the other two) we’ve had so far. There are just too many good cars for it not to happen.”