BECKMAN ADVANCES TO QUARTERS IN NORWALK NORWALK, Ohio (June 27, 2010) - No. 3 qualifier Jack Beckman advanced to the Funny Car quarterfinal round today at the fourth annual NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, by defeating Jim Head in the opening ...
BECKMAN ADVANCES TO QUARTERS IN NORWALK
NORWALK, Ohio (June 27, 2010) - No. 3 qualifier Jack Beckman advanced to the Funny Car quarterfinal round today at the fourth annual NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, by defeating Jim Head in the opening stanza.
After ousting Head with a 4.373-second pass at 238.17 mph on a track surface that was heating up to 128 degrees, Beckman was dismissed by Del Worsham in the second round. Beckman grabbed the lead at the starting lights (.079 to .105 reaction times), but Worsham overtook him for the victory with a 4.253/286.56 to Beckman's 4.327/277.49.
"We're going rounds at every race, which is great," said Beckman, who holds on to No. 4 in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series class point standings, with the Countdown to 1 playoffs kicking in after the next four races for the top 10 in points. "But that really is kind of what you want once you get into the Countdown and those points count. Right now we know we're good enough and we're going to be solid in the Countdown. We really want trophies at the next few races.
"Sometimes you can benefit from luck on race day but you truly have to create the situation to benefit from the luck. That means you have to be going down the track every run. In Bristol last weekend we got overly aggressive and we smoked the tires. Here in Norwalk we just played a little different strategy. We thought if we could go down the track with a solid run it might be enough, but Worsham just outran us out there. So, more power to those guys.
"We do know we're on the right track. We did get data from that run. If you go out there and blow it up or smoke the tires, you don't necessarily know how much to change it for the next race. And each time we go down the track, the hope is that that's going to help us win the war for the whole season.
"It's frustrating to lose, but It's not necessarily that disappointment of hanging your head down, because (crew chiefs) Rahn Tobler and John Collins are going to go back, clean everything up, get our war chests ready to go and we'll just have to go get our trophy in Seattle. So, we're cool, and we're fine with it."
Next up is the 23rd NHRA Northwest Nationals in Kent, Wash., July 9-11.