Seattle: Jack Beckman Saturday report

BECKMAN BANKS NO. 9 IN SEATTLE QUALIFYING KENT, Wash. (July 10, 2010) - Jack Beckman banked the No. 9 qualifying position for the 23rd annual NHRA Northwest Nationals, racing the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger Funny Car to ...

BECKMAN BANKS NO. 9 IN SEATTLE QUALIFYING

KENT, Wash. (July 10, 2010) - Jack Beckman banked the No. 9 qualifying position for the 23rd annual NHRA Northwest Nationals, racing the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger Funny Car to a 4.275-second pass at 284.03 mph on Friday evening under hot conditions.

Temperatures cooled slightly for Saturday, but Beckman was unable to improve, posting two tire-smoking laps of 4.708/178.54 (No. 8) and 4.730/175.39). He also lost traction in his out-of-the-box pass on Friday, producing a 6.181/105.67 (No. 14). He will face 14-time Funny Car champion John Force in the opening round of Sunday's eliminations.

"Oh, my gosh, we've got all our tire-smoking runs out of the way in qualifying and that's a good feeling," said Beckman.

"Good air conditions here, which means decent power, warm race track. And those are kind of tip-toe conditions. Both lanes look equal. We're excited about tomorrow. Not having lane choice should not be an issue tomorrow, though we would have preferred it.

"We have John Force and we're very excited about that because now we have a chance to take out the No. 1 guy early and that's really what you have to do if you want to make up points on those top positions," added Beckman, who is No. 4 in the rankings.

"We only went down the track one time, but the other three times we made it far enough to learn something. We'll see if our lessons pay off tomorrow. So, the goal is get rid of the Force car early, and get rid of the next three throughout the day. Period!" he added with a grin.

-source: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Force , Jack Beckman