BECKMAN ENDS ROOKIE SEASON IN POMONA POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 6) -- "Fast Jack" Beckman completed his rookie season in NHRA Top Fuel competition with a round one loss to David Baca today in the finals of the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Pomona Raceway.
BECKMAN ENDS ROOKIE SEASON IN POMONA
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 6) -- "Fast Jack" Beckman completed his rookie season in NHRA Top Fuel competition with a round one loss to David Baca today in the finals of the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Pomona Raceway. Beckman, making his final start behind the wheel of Dexter Tuttle's Menards/Mail Terminal Services dragster had mechanical problems at the start and slowed against Baca, who won the heat with a 4.50 elapsed time.
"Our supercharger had no boost and as soon as I stepped on the throttle, it dropped three cylinders and that pretty much sealed my fate," said Beckman. "I would have had a hard time beating David's nice 4.50 run anyway. It's not the way I wanted to end my rookie season, but I'm proud of the entire Menards/Mail Terminal Services team. Together, we were able to accomplish a lot this year."
The Pomona event marked not only the completion of Beckman's rookie season in Top Fuel, but also is final race as the driver for Tuttle's team. Having fulfilled his contract with Tuttle for 12 events in 2005, Beckman will now focus his attention on securing a full-time nitro ride for all 23 events in 2006. Beckman, along with along with Rodger Comstock of Mail Terminal Services, are currently exploring their options and hope to be able to make an announcement shortly.
"I had a great time this year racing with Dexter Tuttle, crew chief Jimmy Walsh and their team," Beckman continued. "They helped me fulfill one of my dreams by allowing me to race in Top Fuel and the experience I gained is immeasurable. My goal is to race in all 23 NHRA events and to be in a position to challenge for a POWERade Championship which is why I'm currently looking at other options for next season and beyond."
Beckman competed in 12 events this season; winning four rounds of competition and finishing 15th in the NHRA POWERade standings. He also recorded a career best 4.56 elapsed time and was nominated for the prestigious Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future award, which recognizes the top rookie driver in the NHRA POWERade Series. Beckman was nominated along with Funny Car driver Robert Hight, Pro Stock racer Erica Enders, and Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Chip Ellis. The award will be presented during the NHRA POWERade awards banquet, which will be held on Monday, Nov. 7 at the Westin Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage, Calif.