BECKMAN GRABS HIGHEST SPOT OF YEAR, NO. 3, IN READING QUALIFYING MOHNTON, Pa. (Aug. 22, 2009) - Jack Beckman grabbed his highest qualifying position of the year today, No. 3, in the rain-shortened qualifying rounds for the 25th annual NHRA ...
BECKMAN GRABS HIGHEST SPOT OF YEAR, NO. 3, IN READING QUALIFYING
MOHNTON, Pa. (Aug. 22, 2009) - Jack Beckman grabbed his highest qualifying position of the year today, No. 3, in the rain-shortened qualifying rounds for the 25th annual NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, outside of Reading, Pa.
Only two qualifying sessions (of four) were completed between rain delays and cleaning up water seeping through the track surface, and Beckman and the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Funny Car team made the most of it. Beckman came out strong in the only round on Friday, with a 4.180-second pass at 296.83 mph, good for No. 10 at the time.
In today's only qualifying run, Beckman improved handily with a 4.134/297.68, catapulting him to No. 3. He will face his former Don Schumacher Racing teammate Jerry Toliver in the first round of Sunday's eliminations.
"This is where running good off the trailer makes all the difference in the world," said Beckman, safely in the Countdown to 1 playoffs for the top 10 in points, which begin after this event and the next one in Indianapolis.
"We were comfortably in the field on Friday, so we could afford to step on it a little bit today. We were two thousandths (of a second) away from the No. 2 spot. That's the best we've been all year, so that's cool.
"We're going to start out at the top, we're going to get a few more points for being No. 3, we'll have lane choice and, in theory, you get a more favorable pairing, but they're all tough on Sundays.
"I'm excited. I think that, in the last three runs that we did in Brainerd (Minn., last Sunday) and the two here, the car's done everything that we've told it to do, and that had been the missing ingredient from what we had last year.
"It just wasn't quite as predictable. I think now we're back in that zone where this car is predictable and now it's going to start getting quicker every run."