BECKMAN RALLIES TO NO. 3 IN ST. LOUIS QUALIFYING MADISON, Ill. (May 1, 2010) - Jack Beckman and the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger Funny Car team rallied to qualify No. 3 at the 14th annual NHRA Midwest Nationals, the seventh...
BECKMAN RALLIES TO NO. 3 IN ST. LOUIS QUALIFYING
MADISON, Ill. (May 1, 2010) - Jack Beckman and the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger Funny Car team rallied to qualify No. 3 at the 14th annual NHRA Midwest Nationals, the seventh round of the 23-event NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.
With only three rounds of qualifying held because of rain on Friday, Beckman clocked a weekend-best 4.182-second pass at 294.05 mph in today's second session, the second quickest of that round. In his other attempts, he recorded a 4.364/298.01 (No. 5) and a 6.894/94.70 in the final round.
He will face Tony Pedregon in the first round of Sunday's eliminations.
"We're frustrated but we're optimistic," said Beckman. "The rain shortened us to three qualifying sessions. The first run it was like we had a little gremlin in the ignition and we fixed it. The second run was awesome. That's where we wanted it to be. And the third run the car didn't do what we wanted it to do, and that's the frustrating part.
"The optimistic part is that we did qualify third so we've got lane choice and we should have a decent match-up tomorrow, we think. Then we look at the sheet and we've got Tony Pedregon. Who would've thought he would end up 14th?
"Nitro Funny Cars are like crying babies, they all want something different to keep them from crying. We've just got to figure out what this thing needs. We've got the brand-new Goodyear tire on it. We made wholesale changes going into Vegas thinking it was going to be all hot-weather tracks from this point on.
"We think that we've been heading in the right direction, but the optimist in you thinks that in two runs you'll have this thing figured out. The reality is that it probably takes 10 to 15 runs to figure out what a new tire and a new clutch set-up wants. We're still in that learning curve and hopefully we can get four more runs towards that learning curve tomorrow."