BECKMAN CLOCKS IN AT NO. 7 IN U.S. NATIONALS QUALIFYING CLERMONT, Ind. (Sept. 5, 2010) - Jack Beckman, driving the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger Funny Car, claimed the No. 7 spot after the completion of five rounds of qualifying...
BECKMAN CLOCKS IN AT NO. 7 IN U.S. NATIONALS QUALIFYING
CLERMONT, Ind. (Sept. 5, 2010) - Jack Beckman, driving the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger Funny Car, claimed the No. 7 spot after the completion of five rounds of qualifying for the prestigious 56th annual U.S. Nationals and the first race of the Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
His quickest pass of 4.076 seconds at 302.96 mph was set in the heat of the day on Sunday in the fourth session, which was also the quickest lap of that round, earning Beckman three bonus points. His other passes from Friday to Sunday were a 4.525/189.10 (No. 13), a 4.136/303.16 (No. 9), a 7.170/90.07 (No. 7), and a 4.951/156.44.
"It's so weird at Indy having five qualifying runs, it's like it never ends," said Beckman, who entered the Countdown No. 3 in the points. "Usually, we'd be finishing a race right now and we're just done qualifying.
"We weren't perfect, we 'front-halfed' this chassis and right now it looks like it wants something a little different than it wanted up in Brainerd (the previous race in the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series). The good news is we made two really good qualifying runs, low ET of the fourth session, and in this fifth session maybe we found just the other side of our boundary and maybe it was a little too aggressive. That's not a bad thing if you're safe one run and overly aggressive the next. It's not that tough to split the difference for eliminations.
"We're going to have a lot hotter race track tomorrow. We're going to be a top-half car with lane choice. We're racing another top-10 car and the round wins mean everything now. It's not that they weren't important for the first 17 races, but they're triply important now. We have to win first round every time we go up there for the next six races. I'd like to win four rounds tomorrow and that'll just start it off the right way."
Beckman will face Tim Wilkerson in the opening round of Monday's eliminations.