Brainerd: Jack Beckman preview

BECKMAN TO RACE FREIGHTLINER TRUCKS DODGE FUNNY CAR IN BRAINERD NORCO, Calif. (Aug. 9, 2010) - Freightliner Trucks will be featured on the Dodge Charger Funny Car that Jack Beckman will race at the 29th annual NHRA Nationals at Brainerd (Minn.)...

BECKMAN TO RACE FREIGHTLINER TRUCKS DODGE FUNNY CAR IN BRAINERD

NORCO, Calif. (Aug. 9, 2010) - Freightliner Trucks will be featured on the Dodge Charger Funny Car that Jack Beckman will race at the 29th annual NHRA Nationals at Brainerd (Minn.) International Raceway this weekend, the final event of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series "regular" season. The Countdown to 1 playoffs kick off for the top 10 in points in the final six races of the year, beginning with the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis on Labor Day weekend.

Freightliner Trucks, a division of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, has been a Don Schumacher Racing associate sponsor for six years and DSR has used Freightliner tractors since 2004. The team currently counts eight Freightliner tractors among its fleet.

"Freightliner is excited to have Fast Jack Beckman representing us in the upcoming race in Brainerd," said David Hames, General Manager, Marketing & Strategy, Daimler Trucks North America. "Don Schumacher Racing has been a longtime valued partner of Freightliner and showcases our trucks and equipment to a nationwide group of loyal NHRA fans."

Said team owner Don Schumacher: "Freightliner has been supplying us with outstanding equipment for six years now. Featuring Freightliner Trucks on the Funny Car that Jack Beckman will drive in Brainerd is our way of showing our appreciation to them for being such a solid and longtime supporter of our teams."

"It's an honor to be representing Freightliner Trucks in Brainerd," said Beckman, who primarily races the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger in the series. "They've been a large supporter of motorsports for many years and they know all about teamwork and trying to achieve success."

Fourth in the point standings, the California native has already clinched a spot in the Countdown, but hopes to close out the "regular" season with his second win of the year.

"It looks to me like John Force and Robert Hight have locked up the first two spots and it's between them battling for first," said Beckman, who was runner-up in Brainerd in 2008. "And it looks like the Schumacher cars (Matt Hagan, Beckman and Ron Capps) are battling for third, fourth and fifth.

"No matter what, we've had a good initial part of the season. We're going to be a top-five car going into the Countdown, we're solid, we've been in multiple finals (three in 2010), we've got a race win. Everybody wants that championship and I think throughout the first part of the year the top six or seven cars have kind of stood out.

"I have no reason to think that we can't close the regular season with a win. If we can accomplish that, we can go into Indy - with the points reset - in third place, and well within striking distance of the championship.

"I'm very confident that (crew chief) Rahn Tobler and (assistant crew chief) John Collins have enough data to make us quick right out of the box in Brainerd."

-source: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Ron Capps , John Force , Jack Beckman , Don Schumacher , Robert Hight , Matt Hagan