SUPERSTITIONS, JINXES DON'T HAUNT BECKMAN NORCO, Calif. (April 26, 2010) - Jack Beckman, driver of the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger for Don Schumacher Racing, won't let any of his crew members' superstitions haunt him as he ...
SUPERSTITIONS, JINXES DON'T HAUNT BECKMAN
NORCO, Calif. (April 26, 2010) - Jack Beckman, driver of the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger for Don Schumacher Racing, won't let any of his crew members' superstitions haunt him as he seeks his second victory of the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series at this weekend's 14th annual NHRA Midwest Nationals.
Beckman has never won at Gateway International Raceway, located just outside of St. Louis in Madison, Ill., in his short four-year pro career in which he's collected nine victories in 18 final rounds, but he doesn't count out doing it this weekend, despite any jinxes presented to him.
"It's funny," said Beckman, sixth in the class point standings. "One of our crew guys, Joe Chrisman, has been with DSR for years and was on one of the Pro Stock cars before coming over to the nitro camp. And it's funny to hear people talk about their superstitions and their jinxes and he thinks that St. Louis has been a jinx to him so far.
"I'm not a real superstitious driver. I'm a routine-oriented driver. I suit up the same each time when I get in the car, and do it the same each time. And it's just because as a driver the less you have to think about the more effective you can be behind the wheel.
"It's interesting to see how a lot of crew guys have their lucky shoes, have certain handshakes in the staging lanes, doing it the same way each time. So, I figure we can really go a long way towards dispelling this myth and break that St. Louis jinx if we can just go out and win this weekend."
Mail Terminal Services will continue to send boxes of post cards of support and encouragement, along with hand-out cards of DSR drivers, National Dragster and Drag Racing Action magazines to soldiers overseas. This year the program expands the opportunity to participate beyond just the NHRA fans and are including schools and service organizations. If a school or organization would like to write post cards of encouragement to the U.S. troops, the request should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. MTS will be pleased to send post cards for the project and signed handout cards from Funny Car driver Jack Beckman and a Certificate of Service for the school or organization.