Seattle: Jack Beckman Saturday notes

BECKMAN SETTLES FOR NO. 14 IN SEATTLE QUALIFYING KENT, Wash. (July 18, 2009) - Jack Beckman and the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Funny Car team had a tough time qualifying for the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways this ...

BECKMAN SETTLES FOR NO. 14 IN SEATTLE QUALIFYING

KENT, Wash. (July 18, 2009) - Jack Beckman and the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Funny Car team had a tough time qualifying for the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways this weekend, finally settling for No. 14 after recording a respectable 4.397-second lap at 227.49 mph in the final qualifying round today.

Loss of traction in each of the three previous attempts produced a 9.323/76.94, a 5.577/132.13, and a 6.092/107.21.

"All of a sudden this thing is a monster for horsepower with the tune-up changes that we did for Denver, even coming back to some of the sea-level adjustments," explained Beckman, a two-time season titlist. "We couldn't back it down.

"The problem is when you're smoking the tires you don't know if you're barely smoking them or really smoking them, so you don't know how much to back it down to get down the race track. And we were down to one run and it forced us to over-compensate and really slow down the Valvoline/MTS Dodge.

"Hopefully, where that will get us is a little bit closer to that threshold for tomorrow. Had we gone out and smoked the tires that final run we would have been completely lost. At least now we know we can step it up in a couple of areas of the run for the first round."

Beckman faces his Don Schumacher Racing teammate Matt Hagan in Sunday's opening round of eliminations. "The tough part is having to race a teammate, and Hagan's car has been pretty fast this weekend, so we definitely have our work cut out for us first round," he said.

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jack Beckman , Don Schumacher , Matt Hagan