BECKMAN FINISHES IN THE SEMIS IN SEATTLE KENT, Wash. (July 11, 2010) - Jack Beckman got a lucky break in the opening round of Funny Car eliminations at the 23rd annual NHRA Northwest Nationals, then advanced to the semifinal round, where he was...
BECKMAN FINISHES IN THE SEMIS IN SEATTLE
KENT, Wash. (July 11, 2010) - Jack Beckman got a lucky break in the opening round of Funny Car eliminations at the 23rd annual NHRA Northwest Nationals, then advanced to the semifinal round, where he was ousted by his Don Schumacher Racing teammate Ron Capps.
Beckman was ready to accept defeat when the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger struck the tires against 14-time champion and points leader John Force in the opening stanza, until Force crossed the centerline and was disqualified. Beckman grabbed the win with a 7.267-second pass at 82.46 mph.
He continued his run to the semis by dismissing another John Force Racing driver, Robert Hight (second in points) in the second round, with a 4.347/281.77. Despite nailing Capps at the starting lights (.061 to .098 reaction time - .000 is perfect), he lost traction, ceding the win to Capps' 4.245/289.94 with a 5.099/173.45.
"I'm going to be positive and pragmatic about this," said Beckman, who holds on to fourth place in the rankings. "We had good results from a below-par performance for us. We went to the semifinals, which is good for points. But we didn't make it down the track but two of the seven times and it's very uncharacteristic of us.
"We were making it past that crucial shake zone - 50-150 feet - just fine. This thing is a Chrysler 300 right now. It's quick early, it makes it through there, so we solved those problems.
"For whatever reason, when we were trying to stack clutch on it out there at 300 feet, it wasn’t liking it. But we still kept getting data. (Crew chief) Rahn (Tobler) is upset right now and any time Tobler's upset he's going to find the issue. He and (co-crew chief) John Collins are two halves of the same mind some days. They're going to take this data back, look at it for three days, and figure out what we can tweak and tune.
"We got a real lucky break against John. Our car went out there and shook and smoked and he had us. He smoked too, but he was driving away from us and then his car went over to the centerline and I had another front-row seat and I saw him get on the centerline. But, the rules say you have to cross the centerline and I got on the radio and I said, Guys, they may have to get the video tape and a ruler out for this one, I don't know if he got all the way over.
"Fortunately for us we did get the win light. We don't want to win like that, but we'll take these rounds, we'll take the lessons we learn from them and we want to go to Sonoma and just kick their butts on brute muscle.
"We're still fourth in points. We want to get another win here real quick, and next Sunday would be really fine with me."
Next up is the 23rd annual FRAM-Autolite Nationals in Sonoma, Calif., July 16-18.