BECKMAN BOLSTERED BY CHICAGO PERFORMANCE AS E'TOWN RACE NEARS NORCO, Calif. (June 10, 2010) - Bolstered by the excellent performance of the all-new Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger Funny Car at last weekend's Route 66 Nationals in...
BECKMAN BOLSTERED BY CHICAGO PERFORMANCE AS E'TOWN RACE NEARS
NORCO, Calif. (June 10, 2010) - Bolstered by the excellent performance of the all-new Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger Funny Car at last weekend's Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, Ill. (outside of Chicago), its driver Jack Beckman is eager to race it again at this weekend's 41st annual NHRA SuperNationals in Englishtown, N.J.
The California native set a track record speed of 314.16 mph in the semifinal round, albeit losing to Robert Hight in the other lane, and is fifth in the point standings. He's earned one victory so far in the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season.
"Winning the second race of the year for us was big," said Beckman, a cancer survivor who helped raise over $56,000 during his 10-week campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. "I think everybody on the crew now recognizes that we are going to contend for the championship.
"Points-wise, the last six races of the year are definitely more important (when the Countdown to 1 playoffs are run), because they're going to reset the points going into the Countdown. Right now we're in the most hectic part of the schedule (four back-to-back events followed by a weekend off and three more in a row), and I think that this is a time when nobody is going to set themselves apart. The way I see it there's going to be five or six strong contenders for the championship. But now is certainly the time to get your tune-up, your combination and your attitude aimed in that direction for the championship. I think getting the win in Englishtown would help towards that goal.
"We unloaded the brand-new car in Joliet and it ran great, but the changes we made to it we thought were going to help us out on the hot tracks. "Ironically, we didn't have a hot track to race on in Chicago. So it's going to be very interesting how this car, with some weight moved around in it, responds to a hot race track.
"We've been going rounds on a pretty consistent basis and that's a great feeling, but it's almost like stopping in the middle of a great dinner. You want to finish the thing. You know you have a contending car, you know you've got the best team out there, but what you really want is to park that thing in the winner's circle on Sunday.
"For the Funny Car class, Englishtown is one of the most historic races there is. It's very, very rich in history from the Funny Car perspective, and I've never won there. I would absolutely like to a add my name to the record books as an Englishtown Funny Car winner."