BECKMAN LOOKS FOR STRONG FINISH TO 2010 NHRA SEASON NORCO, Calif. (Nov. 9, 2010) - Jack Beckman is looking for a strong finish to the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series at this weekend's 46th annual NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif. While ...
BECKMAN LOOKS FOR STRONG FINISH TO 2010 NHRA SEASON
NORCO, Calif. (Nov. 9, 2010) - Jack Beckman is looking for a strong finish to the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series at this weekend's 46th annual NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif. While virtually out of the running for his first Funny Car championship, the California native and driver of the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger will fight for a place in the top three.
Standing in third entering this weekend's season finale, he's 99 points behind second-place John Force and 136 back of first-place Matt Hagan, his DSR teammate. On his tail is Ashley Force Hood, just 13 markers behind, in fourth.
"Mathematically, we're pretty much out of it for the championship, and that's very disappointing," said Beckman, winner of one national event this season. "I said at the beginning of the year that we'd like to win at least a couple of races and come into Pomona with a legit shot at the championship. Instead, we're battling for third place right now with Ashley Force. If we win the race this weekend, it's a lock. We'll finish in third. It's so important to close the year strong.
"Starting the year strong is great. It gives you the momentum and it gives the team the mindset that you can challenge for the top spot. But to finish the year strong is really what takes you through all that hard work in the off-season leading up to testing to build momentum for the next year.
"I've been fortunate enough to be driving a top-five car every year I've competed in nitro Funny Car and will be again this year.
"Our goal for next year is to win more races and we want to be the champion. To be able to keep this group of crew guys together on the Valvoline/MTS team going into the next season is important toward accomplishing that. And to be able to win at my home track in Pomona - I have many friends coming out for this race - would just be the ultimate way to cap the year.
"It would really make 2010 a successful year and that's our goal," added Beckman, who has never won in Pomona during his short pro career, which began in the last quarter of 2006. He was the No. 1 qualifier and runner-up at this event in 2006.