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LAST YEAR'S READING CHAMP BECKMAN READY TO REPEAT NORCO, Calif. (Aug. 20, 2009) - Now that he's safely in the Countdown to 1 playoffs in the Funny Car class, "Fast" Jack Beckman is aiming to win his third NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series ...

LAST YEAR'S READING CHAMP BECKMAN READY TO REPEAT

NORCO, Calif. (Aug. 20, 2009) - Now that he's safely in the Countdown to 1 playoffs in the Funny Car class, "Fast" Jack Beckman is aiming to win his third NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series national event of the year and make it two in a row at this weekend's 25th annual NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, just outside of Reading, Pa.

Driving the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Funny Car for Don Schumacher Racing, Beckman is eager to return to the winner's circle, and welcomes the opportunity to compete in two back-to-back events. He's fresh off a semifinal finish in Brainerd, Minn., last Sunday, and is eager to get back to racing.

"Can't wait," he said. "One of the upsides of back-to-back races is, if you stumble, you have a chance to pick yourself up and go vindicate. And if you're doing well you've got a chance to get back out there and attack while the iron is hot. And I think (crew chief) Johnny West and the Valvoline/MTS crew have found some things that should help us throughout the rest of the year. So I can't wait to get back out there.

"As the defending champ, it's always nice to have a chance to go back and make it two in a row," added Beckman, who stands fourth in the rankings and in Brainerd clinched a spot in the Countdown to 1 playoffs, which begin for the top 10 following the U.S. Nationals on Labor Day weekend for the final six events.

-credit: dsr

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