BECKMAN READY FOR DEBUT AT HISTORIC RACEWAY PARK Top Fuel rookie also announces the debut of redesigned website ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. -- Growing up in Southern California, "Fast Jack" Beckman has only heard about the mystique of racing at Old...
BECKMAN READY FOR DEBUT AT HISTORIC RACEWAY PARK
Top Fuel rookie also announces the debut of redesigned website
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. -- Growing up in Southern California, "Fast Jack" Beckman has only heard about the mystique of racing at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, the site of this weekend's NHRA K&N Filters Supernationals. Now he will get to experience the magic of Englishtown first hand as the Menards/Mail Terminal Services Top Fuel team makes its first east coast appearance.
"When you think of all the really big races on the NHRA tour, Englishtown is right up there with Indy and Pomona," said Beckman. "This track has been the site of some of the greatest races ever held. I've never been to any of the east coast races and I'm really looking forward to this one. Driving this car is already a wonderful experience, but getting the opportunity to travel to some of these places I've only ever read about just makes it even more special. Any win for our team would be enormous, but to win in Englishtown would be almost too much to describe."
Last week in Joliet, Beckman qualified Dexter Tuttle's Menards/MTS dragster in the 11th spot with a 4.63. Forced to contend with much warmer than expected temperatures and a temperamental track surface on race day, Beckman smoked the tires against his round one opponent, two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon Jr.
"We didn't run as well as we expected to in Chicago, but we learned some things that we can take with us to Englishtown," said Beckman. "Jimmy [crew chief Jimmy Walsh] knows how make one of these cars haul and he's got a lot of experience at this track. Our goal is to make at least two solid runs during qualifying. That will help us establish a combination that we can bring into eliminations on Sunday. I've been saying all along that we just need to get in a position where Jimmy can show his stuff. The people who know him realize how brilliant he is and once he gets a handle on this car, everyone else will know as well."
Racing the Menards/MTS dragster and working as an instructor at Frank Hawley's NHRA Drag Racing School in Pomona, Calif., consume a lot of Beckman's time, but he has recently found the time to update his personal website www.gofastjack.com. The new site is loaded with personal information on Beckman and the Menards/Mail Terminal Services team. The new site features a biography, photo gallery, trivia contest, a personal diary which will be updated periodically, and an inspiring story about Jack's recent battle to overcome cancer. There is also a link to Jack's sportsman site, which chronicles his career as a successful NHRA Super Comp driver.