Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Beckman prepares for NHRA event in Topeka

Jack Beckman, like many of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series drivers, stayed in Bristol, Tenn., last week to test. The drivers had a week off between the races at Bristol Dragway and this weekend’s event at Heartland Park Topeka in Kansas.
Beckman, a funny car driver from North Hills, said the test session went well. His team didn’t find anything to make his car noticeably faster, but the crew and engineers did gather some valuable data.
“We’re coming off a test session in Bristol last week,” said Beckman, who drives for Don Schumacher Racing. “We made five runs on Monday after the last race and it wasn’t a test session where you say, ‘OK, load this car up, we have the best hot rod now.’ It was a test session where we got a lot of data and it showed us some things. It doesn’t mean that we fixed all of our problems. It means we’re headed in the right direction towards getting a consistently quick car.”
Beckman has one win, two final appearances and is fifth in the funny car standings. Teammate Ron Capps leads the funny car standings with 616 points. Beckman is 137 points behind Capps. The top-10 drivers will qualify for the Countdown to One playoffs after the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis on Sept. 7.
“We’re not far enough into the season that people are assured of having made it into the Countdown or have broken their chances of making it into the Countdown,” Beckman said. “But we are far enough into the season that if you’re going to have a slump it better not last very long if you want to have an opportunity to win the championship at the end of the year.”

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