Richmond: Jack Beckman preview

CLOSING THE GAP IS BECKMAN'S GOAL IN RICHMOND DINWIDDIE, Va. (Oct. 8, 2009) - After making a charge into third place in the standings, then falling to fourth in the third of six events of the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Countdown...

CLOSING THE GAP IS BECKMAN'S GOAL IN RICHMOND

DINWIDDIE, Va. (Oct. 8, 2009) - After making a charge into third place in the standings, then falling to fourth in the third of six events of the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Countdown to 1 playoffs, Jack Beckman is aiming to close the gap at this weekend's NHRA Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park, located south of Richmond, Va.

Driving the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Service Dodge Funny Car, the two-time season winner is just 73 points behind leader Ashley Force Hood, which relates to four rounds (20 points per round win), with 12 rounds of racing remaining in the season before a champion is crowned. Not to mention the opportunity to earn bonus points in each qualifying session (three, two and one points for the top three) and for setting and backing up a national elapsed-time record (20 points) in the same event.

"With the Countdown, we don't really need to over-dramatize anything because there's a lot of drama going on," said Beckman, who was runner-up at VMP last year to Cruz Pedregon.

"We're 73 points behind. We can make that up in one race. But, we can't afford to lose more rounds to those drivers in front of us (Force Hood, Robert Hight and Tony Pedregon). We have 12 rounds of racing left and we have to close that gap in Richmond.

"I've said this before, by Vegas (the penultimate event of the season), the contenders will be separated from the pretenders, so we have to make that final round in Richmond. No pressure."

Mail Terminal Services continues its popular "Mail From Home" campaign in 2009, supporting the U.S. troops serving in the war zones. In the past two NHRA seasons the campaign has sent over 195,000 post cards overseas signed by fans and supporters at each NHRA national event with messages of support for the troops, along with numerous NHRA National Dragster issues and other automotive magazines. Photos of cars and drivers were also included.

In 2009 the "Mail From Home" program has been challenged to exceed the previous records of cards distributed to hit a 125,000-card record for one season.

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , Cruz Pedregon , Jack Beckman , Ashley Force , Robert Hight