BECKMAN MISSES FIELD IN BRISTOL BRISTOL, Tenn. (May 17, 2008) - Jack Beckman missed qualifying for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals today at Bristol Dragway. This is the second straight event for which the driver of the Valvoline/Mail ...
BECKMAN MISSES FIELD IN BRISTOL
BRISTOL, Tenn. (May 17, 2008) - Jack Beckman missed qualifying for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals today at Bristol Dragway. This is the second straight event for which the driver of the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger R/T has failed to qualify.
Under cool, sometimes windy conditions on Friday and warmer, sunnier ones on Saturday, Beckman struggled to make full passes down the quarter-mile. His qualifying attempts included a 5.685-second pass at 219.26 mph, followed by a 4.933/318.84, a 4.932/266.21 (good for No. 15) and finally an 11.307/76.60.
"To DNQ two races in a row is difficult to accept," said the popular, fan-friendly Beckman. "Clearly this is something that if we want to remain a top-10 car we need to fix now. We have four Funny Cars here at Don Schumacher Racing and we need to pick up the performance on all of them. It's time to put our heads together collectively and sort through the issues.
"It's a very difficult position for (new crew chief) Johnny West. He came in, changed some things on the race car and we got four runs. It showed a lot of promise on run three. Unfortunately, it spun the tires further down track than you would expect, and dropped a couple of cylinders and made a hard move left.
"And then we thought we had what we needed for Q4 and we were looking at the run (on the computer) and there's nothing obvious about it. It's just trying to marry 8000 horsepower to the concrete out there and it wasn't ready for it.
"We got four darts to throw, just like everybody else. There's no excuses. Were going to test Monday, we're going to try some things. I will guarantee we will improve our position. The problem is it's a difficult time to be trying to do that right now, eight races into the season. So, we're battling against time to get enough quality test runs to pick up our program.
"But, we're not done winning races this year. So, I'm upset and I'm optimistic."