BECKMAN EXITS VEGAS IN QUARTERFINALS, HOLDS ON TO THIRD IN POINTS LAS VEGAS (Oct. 31, 2010) - Jack Beckman advanced to the Funny Car quarterfinal round of the 10th annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway today.
BECKMAN EXITS VEGAS IN QUARTERFINALS, HOLDS ON TO THIRD IN POINTS
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 31, 2010) - Jack Beckman advanced to the Funny Car quarterfinal round of the 10th annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway today. Despite his loss to Ashley Force Hood, he remained third in the point standings, 136 markers behind leader and Don Schumacher Racing teammate Matt Hagan, and 99 back of John Force. Force Hood is in fourth, 13 points out of third. One national event remains in the season.
Racing the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger Funny Car, Beckman defeated Bob Bode in the opening round, returning the favor to the man who beat him in the Brainerd, Minn., final stanza. Beckman did it recording a 4.113-second pass at 306.81 mph. He then faced Force Hood in the quarterfinal, where he took off in the lead, then lost a cylinder at the 600-foot mark, ceding the win to Force Hood's 4.135/309.77 with his 4.213/267.64.
"Just bitterly disappointing," said Beckman. "Even though our chances were slim of catching Hagan, the chance was there. This slammed the door on that. Then you set your sights on the next best, which is second place. John Force gained a bunch of points on us with his win today. Ashley Force Hood, who was on our heels in the rankings, gained points on us. So, boy, we had a couple of weekends where the points scenario presented itself perfectly to us and we weren't able to seal the deal.
"This weekend it's almost been the opposite. It's almost a worst-case scenario.
"We're going to test here tomorrow at The Strip. The Valvoline/MTS Dodge is just not making consistent runs right now. We dropped a cylinder on that run and what a shame. Ashley wasn't making a dominant pass like her car's been capable of. They left us some room and we couldn't take advantage of it. And ultimately I think that what this championship boils down to is taking advantage of all those small opportunities. I hope the testing will figure out the bugs in this car.
"We're going to try to hop it up a little bit tomorrow and see if it likes more power, and, by the time we get into Pomona, we'll all have recuperated, we'll be ready to go out there and give it 100 percent, and we'll be ready to try to get a win there.
"At this point of the season, the only thing that we can do to salvage a good season is leave Pomona with the trophy."
Next up is the 46th annual NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif., Nov. 11-14.