BECKMAN WAXES PHILOSOPHICAL ENTERING VEGAS EVENT NORCO, Calif. (April 14, 2010) - Jack Beckman has already racked up one Funny Car victory in the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series and stands fifth in the point standings. So, it's a ...
BECKMAN WAXES PHILOSOPHICAL ENTERING VEGAS EVENT
NORCO, Calif. (April 14, 2010) - Jack Beckman has already racked up one Funny Car victory in the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series and stands fifth in the point standings. So, it's a perfect time for the articulate, thoughtful driver of the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger for Don Schumacher Racing to wax philosophical about this weekend's NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the rest of the season.
"Here's where I want to live up to what we've talked about," said Beckman, Las Vegas 2 winner in 2006, and LV2 runner-up last year. "We go to the semifinals and get a win in the first two races. We performed well in the four-wide race in Concord, N.C. - but I almost think of that as more of a distraction on the tour, because that race will never happen again this year - and then we go to Houston and we cannot find a handle on our race car.
"I'm not so sure they weren't doing different things with the Houston track preparation," added Beckman, who lost in the first round there after losing traction. "In all of Sunday's eliminations in the nitro category there are 60 passes between the Dragsters and the Funny Cars. I cannot remember a race in all my years of going to races where I've seen so many of those 60 runs be tire-smoking passes.
"With that being said, our teammate Matt Hagan - and I am so happy for the entire DieHard team - outperformed everybody and they got the win. So, even when conditions may not be ideal, somebody is going to win that day.
"We typically do have ideal conditions in Vegas. And here's where you can get out that home-run bat again and take a swing with it. And typically the track is consistently good all four runs on race day. The wrench that can be thrown into the works is that the weather in Vegas can change so radically over the course of a week or even a day. We're not even sure if we're going to have a cold or a hot race track.
"We have to, have to, get back on that horse right now. So, we are going to be collaborating with the NAPA team and add a couple of tweaks to our setup in Vegas. In qualifying, between our two teams, we're going to get eight runs of data on new parts. We know we need to step into that direction as we get into the warm-weather race tracks.
"We're going to try to accomplish two things in Vegas: get a better handle on what could be a warm race track with some new parts and get back deep into Sunday's eliminations program. It's OK to stumble a couple of times; it's going to happen to every nitro team out there. And with the Countdown format it's not nearly as critical as it was years ago in the early part of the season.
"But, when you realize why we do our jobs - that thrill of competition, setting the standard high, getting the trophy, representing our sponsors real well - all that dictates is that on Sunday we need to be around late in the day, and that's out goal again."