BECKMAN PLACES FREIGHTLINER DODGE IN NO. 6 IN BRAINERD QUALIFYING BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 14, 2010) - Featuring Freightliner Trucks on the Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car he's driving at this weekend's 29th annual NHRA Nationals at Brainerd ...
BECKMAN PLACES FREIGHTLINER DODGE IN NO. 6 IN BRAINERD QUALIFYING
BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 14, 2010) - Featuring Freightliner Trucks on the Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car he's driving at this weekend's 29th annual NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway, Jack Beckman qualified No. 6 and will face Del Worsham in the first round of eliminations on Sunday. This is the final event of NHRA's "regular" season before the Countdown to 1 playoffs begin for the top 10 in points for the final six races.
Beckman, who races the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge throughout the rest of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, set his quickest lap of 4.141 seconds at 295.34 mph in the final of only three qualifying sessions held because of rain on Friday. That pass was the third quickest of that round and followed a 4.189/294.69 on Friday (No. 8) and a 4.944/160.54 earlier today.
"I love when new people come to the race track," said Beckman, who entered this event No. 4 in the point standings. "With the Freightliner group, we have the VIPs, the all-stars of their sales staff throughout the country here, and most of them have never been to a drag race. Imagine getting to go to your first pro baseball game and you get to meet the players and hang out in the dug-out.
"They got to go up on the starting line between the cars on that last pass, so it's awesome. I know everyone's got a big smile on their faces. We're doing a big promotion with them this weekend and we're having a big dinner for them tonight. And, wouldn't it be cool to put those Freightliner folks in the winner's circle tomorrow?
"You know, (third in points) Matt Hagan's team did a great job in qualifying, and they did something pretty important," added Beckman of his Don Schumacher Racing teammate who is just ahead of him in the standings. "They gained enough points to put us technically two rounds behind them for third place. We can't control other people's points tomorrow; we're just going to have to manage our racing and our car.
"I'm confident. I think that we have the car that can win here tomorrow and it would be so awesome to do it the one time that we're featuring Freightliner Trucks on our car."