BECKMAN'S DAY ENDS EARLY IN DALLAS DALLAS, Texas (Oct. 9) -- "Fast Jack" Beckman and the Menards/Mail Terminal Services Top Fuel team suffered a tire-smoking first round exit at the O'Reilly Fall Nationals yesterday. Beckman qualified solidly...
BECKMAN'S DAY ENDS EARLY IN DALLAS
DALLAS, Texas (Oct. 9) -- "Fast Jack" Beckman and the Menards/Mail Terminal Services Top Fuel team suffered a tire-smoking first round exit at the O'Reilly Fall Nationals yesterday. Beckman qualified solidly in the 11th spot with a 4.63 and was paired with Morgan Lucas in round one. After an even start, Beckman and Lucas were side-by-side until the Menards/Mail Terminal Services entry began to haze the tires and overpower the track. As Beckman shut off and coasted to a 6.39 elapsed time, Lucas took the win with a 4.54.
"The car was actually had a .839 sixty-foot time which is one of the best we've had, so it was on a good run," said Beckman. "Of course you've got to be able to maintain that performance for the entire quarter-mile and we didn't, so that's why Morgan beat me. On the bright side, my .072 light was one of the best reaction times of the round."
While in Dallas, the Menards/Mail Terminal Services team hosted several hundred employees of Bell Helicopter. Beckman took a tour of the Bell facility in Dallas on Thursday and even got to log some time in one of their helicopter flight simulators. He returned the favor by bringing several of the Bell executives to the starting line for an up close and personal view of an 8,000 horsepower NHRA Top Fuel dragster.
"We had a wonderful time with the people from Bell this weekend," said Beckman. "I hope they enjoyed the races as much as we enjoyed having them.
"Flying in the simulator was really a lot of fun," he added. "I think I did pretty well for someone with no experience. Compared to the Top Fuel car, the controls of a helicopter are a lot more sensitive and I have a lot of respect for anyone who flies on a regular basis. I made one landing that was a little hard but my instructor told me that we would have walked away from it without being hurt so I thought that was a positive sign."
Beckman and the Menards/Mail Terminal Services team will now prepare for the upcoming AC Delco Las Vegas Nationals, the penultimate round on the 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Tour. Beckman made his Top Fuel debut earlier this year at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a quarterfinal finish at the Summitracing.com NHRA Nationals in April.
"The Las Vegas track should be able to take everything we can throw at it," said Beckman. "Even though it is an altitude track, I am still hoping that we can run our career best. We've struggled a bit at the last few races, but I am more optimistic that ever that we can finish the year on a high note."