2013 NHRA: Jack Beckman Carlyle Tools Carolina Nationals Presented By NAPA Qualifying Report: No 11
It wasn't how Jack Beckman and crew chief planned it, but their MTS Mail for Wounded Warriors/Valvoline Dodge Charger R/T team was able make a solid run on their last qualifying attempt Saturday in the Carlyle Tools Carolina Nationals presented by NAPA at zMAX Dragway near Charlotte.
And that's all that mattered.
Beckman's time of 4.118 seconds at 308.21 mph wasn't as good as the team's first run Friday of 4.099 that earned the No. 11 qualifying spot for Sunday's championship eliminations, but conditions Saturday will be much closer to what teams will face Sunday.
"We went out there and smoked the tires on our second and third qualifying runs, and I wasn't feeling very good about it," said Beckman, the reigning NHRA Funny Car world champion for Don Schumacher Racing.
"You do not want to go into a Countdown race on Sunday with a car that's smoked the tires on your last qualifying runs. That last run was a get-well run for us. We were fifth quickest of the session but that's fine. We just needed to get data all the way to the finish line. We know we are going to have to lean on it a little bit harder for the first round tomorrow but it gives us a good baseline. Now I'm feeling confident again. I can't wait for eliminations."
Beckman will not have lane choice when he faces the higher qualified Del Worsham in the opening round.
"It's always good to have lane choice. But a lot of times it's just one more variable that you can mismanage out there. Sometime it's a little bit liberating not to have lane choice. Given the opportunity I always would rather have it, but man you watch these crew chiefs anguish over it because a lot of times the lanes are nearly identical. I don't think it's going to make any difference for us."
DSR COUNTDOWN HISTORY
DSR has won 15 Top Fuel titles and 12 Funny Car titles in the Countdown since its inception in 2007. DSR's Tony Schumacher and the U.S. Army Top Fuel team leads NHRA with nine Countdown titles.
No. 1 Qualifier: Cruz Pedregon (Cruz Pedregon Racing), 3.980 sec., 319.22 mph
JACK BECKMAN, MTS Mail for Wounded Warriors/Valvoline Dodge Charger R/T
Qualifying position: No. 11
First-round opponent: Del Worsham
Session 1: 4.099 sec., 309.91 mph
Session 2: 8.925, 88.95
Session 3: 4.755, 170.21
Session 4: 4.118, 308.21
MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES
NHRA Countdown to the Championship Standings
(Unofficial through Saturday at Charlotte; DSR drivers in CAPS)
1. MATT HAGAN 2,154
2. RON CAPPS 2,112
3. JOHNNY GRAY 2,102
4. John Force 2,096
5. JACK BECKMAN 2,082
6. Cruz Pedregon 2,081
7. Courtney Force 2,066
8. Tim Wilkerson 2,058
9. Robert Hight 2,048
10. Del Worsham 2,034
2013 FUNNY CAR WINNERS: C. Force, CAPPS, GRAY, C. Pedregon, HAGAN, C. Pedregon, GRAY, GRAY, HAGAN, J. Force, C. Force, HAGAN, GRAY, C. Pedregon, CAPPS, HAGAN, CAPPS, Hight.
CARLYLE TOOLS CAROLINA NATIONALS presented by NAPA
Sunday: Noon, championship eliminations
ON ESPN (times are ET)
Sunday: 8:30 p.m., championship eliminations, ESPN2, delayed
Sunday: High 81 degrees; 0 percent chance of rain