Atlanta: Jack Beckman preview

BECKMAN EYES SECOND STRAIGHT WIN IN ATLANTA Cancer survivor is halfway to reaching his goal to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society NORCO, Calif. (May 12, 2010) - Jack Beckman returns to Atlanta Dragway this weekend for the 30th...

BECKMAN EYES SECOND STRAIGHT WIN IN ATLANTA
Cancer survivor is halfway to reaching his goal to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

NORCO, Calif. (May 12, 2010) - Jack Beckman returns to Atlanta Dragway this weekend for the 30th annual NHRA Southern Nationals as the 2009 event champion. And, following his runner-up finish at the last NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series race in St. Louis two weeks ago, he and the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger Funny Car team are on a solid path to repeat.

"We started the year hot, right on (points leader) John Force's heels after winning in Phoenix. The way Force is running this year (three wins), to be on his heels must mean you're running good," said Beckman, who is ranked third, one point behind his Don Schumacher Racing teammate Matt Hagan in second, and 152 back of Force.

"And then we really faltered at a couple of the hotter tracks, Houston and Vegas. We changed some things and in St. Louis it appeared that the car that we were used to was back. But one race doesn't break or make a team, especially with the Countdown format.

"It kind of affords us the luxury of trying a couple of things that in the past under an absolute points system we wouldn't have necessarily done. That being said, we're going to be competing in nine races in the next 11 weeks, so the goal is not to get too far off track or you're going to find yourself out of the top 10. There's just not going to be the time to test and get a combo back if you stray too far.

"After a final round showing in St. Louis we're very very optimistic that the Valvoline/MTS Dodge is now responding the way we want it to and we should be back in top-contender form in Atlanta."

A cancer survivor, Beckman has been on a 10-week campaign to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. "Right now, I'm about half way to my goal, which is to raise $50,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society," he said. "And, we've got three weeks left in the campaign which comprises two more of the NHRA races. So, I'm really hoping that the race fans get behind this program, and if enough people do, I know I can exceed my goal by a healthy amount.

"What I need is bodies to commit to this. The fans can either come by the Valvoline/MTS pit area to make donations or they can just log onto my web site - www.gofastjack.com - and click on the 'donation' link and send something in.

"I'm not asking people to give hundreds of dollars. Certainly we've had donors who have given $100-200 and that's great. What I'm really looking to do is get thousands of people to give $10 or $20. I really think that's the ultimate way that we're going to raise cancer research dollars and save some lives."

-source: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Force , Jack Beckman , Don Schumacher , Matt Hagan