BECKMAN REACHES QUARTERS IN DENVER MORRISON, Colo. (July 25, 2010) - No. 9 qualifier Jack Beckman raced the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car into the quarterfinal round of the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at ...
BECKMAN REACHES QUARTERS IN DENVER
MORRISON, Colo. (July 25, 2010) - No. 9 qualifier Jack Beckman raced the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car into the quarterfinal round of the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway, after defeating No. 8 Ashley Force Hood on a holeshot.
Beckman launched first at the starting lights, clocking a .068 reaction time to Force Hood's .104 (.000 is perfect), and led the race to the finish stripe, taking the victory by a mere eight inches. Beckman edged out the daughter of the 14-time Funny Car champion John Force with a slower yet winning 4.238-second pass at 295.92 mph to Force Hood's 4.203/299.40.
He then met up with his Don Schumacher Racing teammate Matt Hagan in the second round. Beckman repeated his .068 reaction time against Hagan's .091, but it wasn't enough to hold off the driver of the Mopar Dodge, who grabbed the win by 16 feet with a 4.276/289.69 to Beckman's 4.336/285.53.
"You can't really use Denver as a benchmark because the mile-high conditions here are so completely different than anywhere else on the tour," said Beckman, who leaves Denver fourth in the class point standings. "But you can't really say, Well, we were frustrated or, Boy, we think we learned something. We think we learned something for Denver next year and we were really frustrated in qualifying." Beckman recorded only one good pass during the four qualifying rounds.
"To go down the track one out of four times (in qualifying) isn't our style," he added. "So, the silver lining is that we beat a higher-qualified car the first round, kept our streak of round wins alive with this new chassis (introduced seven races ago), and gave Hagan a pretty good run in the second round.
"The downside is we want to win races. So, gosh, now we have to wait three weeks for Brainerd."
Next up is the 29th annual NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minn., Aug. 12-15 - the final race of the "regular" NHRA Full Throttle season. The Countdown to 1 playoffs will kick in for the final six races of the season.