Mopar-Powered Beckman is Runner-Up in Brainerd, Moves into Third in Points

By Auto News Log • August 17th, 2010

Jack Beckman posted the quickest Funny Car elapsed time of the weekend (4.057 seconds), set top speed (306.33 mph), advanced to his fourth final round of the year, but missed collecting his second event title of the season at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd (Minn.) International Raceway on Sunday, Aug. 15.

After qualifying No. 6 in his Mopar HEMI®-powered Freightliner Trucks Dodge Charger R/T, Beckman ripped through the field with low ET in each of the initial three rounds, first defeating Del Worsham with the quickest lap of the weekend, a 4.057-second elapsed time at 304.32 mph, then Robert Hight with a 4.080/306.33, for top speed of the meet, and Jim Head with a 4.089/300.66. In the final round, Beckman faced Bob Bode and, in a surprise upset, Bode scored the win when Beckman smoked the tires early in the run.

“We moved up to third; that’s the silver lining,” said Beckman. “We’re resetting the points at the next race,” he added, referring to the Countdown to 1 playoffs. “Right now we’re going rounds and it’s ‘race wins’ in the regular season and it’s ’round wins’ in the Countdown. So, we can runner-up our way into the championship if we need to.”

No. 2 Qualifier Matt Hagan, Beckman’s Mopar-powered Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) teammate, fell in the quarterfinals, defeating Dale Creasy before losing to Jim Head. Head also knocked out DSR driver Ron Capps in the first round.

Next up for the Mopar-fueled DSR trio is the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, Ind. Sept. 1–6, the first race of the six-race NHRA playoffs for the top 10 in the Funny Car point standings. Beckman, Hagan and Capps hold the Nos. 3–5 spots, respectively, in the standings. For more info on the NHRA, visit http://www.nhra.com.

Source: Mopar Speed

 

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