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2014 NHRA: Jack Beckman SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals Qualifying Results: No. 14
Posted by: newsla on Mar 30, 2014 - 04:57 AM
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2014 NHRA: Jack Beckman SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals Qualifying Results: No. 14


Jack Beckman has taught thousands how to drag race and his tutelage was turned Saturday toward a "Fast Jack" in training.

Joining Jack and Don Schumacher Racing's Valvoline MaxLife Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car team this weekend at the SummitRacing.com Nationals at Las Vegas was his son Jason, who turned 7 three weeks ago.

 

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Jason was with Jack at the "rope" signing autographs and posing for photos with fans at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

"I just need to get him to quit signing his name over my face," Jack said of the team's autograph cards.

Jack, the 2012 NHRA Top Fuel world champion who finished third in points a year ago, hopes Sunday he can get Jason acquainted with celebrating in the winner's circle after championship eliminations.

It's been a while since the Southern California native and resident of Norco, Calif., has been there after winning 15 times through his career. The team's last NHRA national event title was at St. Louis in the 20th race of the 2012 season, which is a span of 30 events over three years. That's the longest stretch of Jack's nine-year career that he has not won an event title.

Jack's Valvoline Max Life Dodge Charger R/T team led by crew chief Rob Flynn had its most challenging qualifying sessions of the season after finishing in the 14th spot for the 16-car field.

"It's just an unusual deal, to sit 14th going into Sunday," Jack said. "We only made it down the racetrack one time. We actually hurt parts on two of our four qualifying runs which is highly unusual for our team. I am not as concerned that we qualified 14th as I am that the car hasn't been predictable for us, that we've hurt things that we don't typically do, that we're struggling to make to the finish line.

"At this point, since NHRA isn't going to give us a test lap before eliminations tomorrow, this is where Rob and (assistant crew chief Terry Snyder) just get together with the other crew chiefs."

There might be one crew chief, who is among the most helpful in the Don Schumacher Racing stable, who might not be able to provide help.

Jack's first-round opponent is DSR teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. and the Make-A-Wish team that qualified third with a time of 4.023 seconds.

"For whatever reason, we have a parts malfunction or we're just off on this tune up. We are just not in the window where it's doing what it's supposed to do. We don't have any more runs to fix it.

"The next time we tow it to the starting line in needs to be right."

FUNNY CAR
No. 1 Qualifier: Courtney Force (John Force Racing) 4.006 sec., 325.37 mph

JACK BECKMAN, Valvoline MaxLife Dodge Charger R/T
Qualified: No. 14
CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATIONS
First Round: Tommy Johnson Jr. vs. BECKMAN
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 4.619 sec., 184.12 mph, (Session 1); 4.115, 310.13, Session 2)
SATURDAY: 5.810, 100.67, (Session 3); 7.909, 80.94 (Session 4)


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