BECKMAN IS NO. 11 IN POMONA QUALIFYING POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 14, 2009) - Driving the Valvoline Engine Guarantee/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Funny Car, Jack Beckman collected the No. 11 position in qualifying for the 45th annual NHRA ...
BECKMAN IS NO. 11 IN POMONA QUALIFYING
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 14, 2009) - Driving the Valvoline Engine Guarantee/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Funny Car, Jack Beckman collected the No. 11 position in qualifying for the 45th annual NHRA Finals, recording his quickest pass of the weekend of 4.140 seconds at 302.28 mph in today's third session.
His other passes included a 4.145/303.57 (No. 3), a 5.593/123.64 (No. 8) and a tire-smoking 7.566/80.53 in his final try. He will face No. 6 qualifier Tim Wilkerson in the opening round of Sunday's eliminations. He also earned three bonus points for being third quickest in the first session and second quickest in the third session.
Robert Hight captured the 2009 Funny Car championship when he qualified for the event in No. 3, leaving Beckman to fight for second place in year-end points on Sunday.
"It's exactly all the excitement you wanted except the race is for second right now," he said, listening to Hight's award presentation. "And it's a huge race for second. It's between us, Ashley Force Hood, Tony Pedregon, Ron Capps and Tim Wilkerson. All those drives have a great shot at second and there's probably one or two others who could theoretically make it into second.
"We have Wilkerson first round so we have our fate in our hands. He's outrun us by several hundredths of a second here this weekend (4.080/301.54).
"The interesting thing is the two good runs that we made were in conditions that we'll likely face on race day.
"The only underdog status that we have is that we don't have lane choice. It probably won't be a big deal tomorrow, so it's going to be exciting.
"This is what we signed up for at the beginning of the year, for this sort of excitement at the last race," added Beckman, from Norco, Calif. "We want to put the No. 2 on the car next year and we have to start banging heads tomorrow."