Sonoma: Jack Beckman Saturday report

BECKMAN HANGS ON TO NO. 1 IN SONOMA SONOMA, Calif. (July 17, 2010) - After two more qualifying rounds today on a hotter track and ambient temperatures at the FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals, Jack Beckman held on to the No. 1 Funny Car ...

BECKMAN HANGS ON TO NO. 1 IN SONOMA

SONOMA, Calif. (July 17, 2010) - After two more qualifying rounds today on a hotter track and ambient temperatures at the FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals, Jack Beckman held on to the No. 1 Funny Car qualifying position he earned Friday night under near perfect conditions.

By posting the 4.063-second run at 311.56 mph, which reset both ends of the track record at Infineon Raceway, he claimed his first pole position of the season, the third of his career and the first at this track.

His other qualifying laps included a 4.238/289.57 (No. 10) in his first try on Friday and a 6.410/102.76 and a 4.192/298.54 in today's two sessions.

"By running good on Friday the great thing is you have the ability to test something on Saturday," said Beckman, who has one national-event victory so far this season. "So we tried some stuff with the clutch the first run today, and it looks promising, but you can only test them once in a while. It might take five races to sort something out.

"We went back to our stock deal for Q4 and it responded just like we thought it would. It's cool on Friday night sessions to go hit a home run and run a 4.0-something to qualify No. 1, but it's absolutely irrelevant for race day.

"So, even though we were No. 1, we really really wanted to make a good run on the last one. And I think that we did. That .19 was safe. We still think we have room with the car, but it was really important to make sure that we were back where we needed to be with the tune-up.

"NHRA gives us four darts to throw and you just got to hit one of them close to the bulls-eye. They only count the highest-scoring one, and we just had a lot of good dart players behind us last night. I thought with 10 stout cars we'd be lucky to stay top three. I think what we did was show all the cars behind us how good the race track really was.

"The advantage to running later in the session is watching other cars and having the ability to change your tune-up based on what you see out there. So, to run quick early in the session just kind of showed everybody else they probably can run a little quicker. We were fortunate ours held up."

Beckman faces No. 16 qualifier Jeff Diehl in the opening round of Sunday's eliminations.

-source: dsr

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Drivers Jack Beckman , Jeff Diehl