BECKMAN HAS EYE ON CHAMPIONSHIP AS NHRA HEADS TO TEXAS ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 22, 2010) - Now that Jack Beckman is just four points out of the Funny Car lead in the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series after his runner-up finish in Concord,...
BECKMAN HAS EYE ON CHAMPIONSHIP AS NHRA HEADS TO TEXAS
ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 22, 2010) - Now that Jack Beckman is just four points out of the Funny Car lead in the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series after his runner-up finish in Concord, N.C., last Sunday, he's aiming to move even closer to winning his first Funny Car championship, driving the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Funny Car.
He enters this weekend's 25th annual NHRA Fall Nationals in Ennis, Texas (south of Dallas), in second place after two of six playoffs events, with an excellent chance of moving into No. 1. Had he won in Concord, he would have taken over the top spot. He knows it's within reach in this highly-competitive Countdown to the Championship.
"I think we had a pretty close-to-perfect weekend in Concord," said Beckman, who has never won in Ennis, but was runner-up last year. "We would have loved to have earned that gold man at the end of the day there, but maybe in Dallas we can have that perfect weekend.
"I've got to be consistent. I've said that it was race wins in the regular season that counted, round wins in the Countdown. That doesn't mean that we're satisfied with just making it to the final and coming up runner-up, but it means that we're doing all the things necessary to keep us in contention for the championship.
"We've had some luck in Dallas before. I have never been in the winner's circle, but I've been in the final, and I went to the Motorplex as a spectator for its very first race back in 1986. I watched Don Garlits win it then, and I'm still as big a fan today as I was 25 years ago.
"I have a lot of friends and family in the area. My dad lives in that area and he's coming out to the race. I'm really hoping to have a big entourage up in the winner's circle with me Sunday afternoon."