BECKMAN QUALIFIES NO. 10 AT GATORNATIONALS GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 13, 2010) - "Fast" Jack Beckman qualified the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger Funny Car in No. 10 for the 41st annual NHRA Gatornationals today in only three...
BECKMAN QUALIFIES NO. 10 AT GATORNATIONALS
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 13, 2010) - "Fast" Jack Beckman qualified the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger Funny Car in No. 10 for the 41st annual NHRA Gatornationals today in only three rounds of qualifying held because of rain on Friday.
He struggled some this weekend, posting his quickest elapsed time of 4.135 seconds at 306.05 mph right out of the box in Friday's single round. His ensuing passes included a 5.349/136.66 and a 4.790/174.08 today.
"Thank goodness we ran well out of the trailer this weekend," said Beckman. "You don't know how you're going to run the rest of the qualifying runs. We played it conservative the first run. It rained out the first session on Friday, so we were already down to one session and the conditions looked pretty good, and Robert Hight's 4.06 showed that. But we thought we wanted a good low-teen to get in the show and that's what we got.
"In the second run we overpowered it a little bit, and in that last run we broke the driveshaft. In hindsight, it's such a relief to get that first run and get in the show. With the playoff format you can stumble a little bit these first four races and it's not nearly as big of a deal. For morale and for keeping that championship-winning attitude, you've got to play every single Sunday to get in that rhythm.
"We won't have lane choice tomorrow and we would like to have had that. I don't think it's going to be an issue tomorrow because we've won from the bottom of the field and it's not going to be a big deal for us. We still feel like we've got the car to beat tomorrow."
Beckman faces Bob Tasca III in the opening round of Sunday's eliminations.