|SONOMA, Calif. (August 1, 2015) – Batting practice is over and Sunday is game time when the only thing that matters in the Sonoma NHRA Nationals is winning the first round, then the second, the semifinals and an invitation into the winner’s circle.
It isn’t easy to tell when Jack Beckman is excited because he’s always excited.
But after setting an NHRA national elapsed time record on a hot, late afternoon when no one expected it would happen, the father of two and husband to Jenna settled into a calm state.
“I’m the same guy here that I am in the pits that I am at home with my kids. I’m not a racecar driver. I’m a guy, I’m a husband, I’m a father and I’m lucky enough to get to drive a racecar. I don’t define myself by the racecar,” Jack said.
Jack earned the third NHRA national E.T. record of his career when his shocking run of 3.958 seconds in Saturday’s final session on a hot racetrack backed up the quickest run in history of 3.921 he made on a much cooler night before in the Infinite Hero Dodge with crew chief Jimmy Prock and assistants John Medlen and Chris Cunningham.
Beckman’s last 3-second run was his third of the weekend to give him an NHRA leading total of 15.
“It’s nice to be the quickest Funny Car driver ever, but I’d trade that for winning the trophy tomorrow,” said Beckman, who has won two of the past three Mello Yello events and his win a week ago at Denver was his career-best fourth in one season.
“These moments are not lost on me. They are incredibly special. It does matter that we qualify the best, it does matter that we set low ET of the world, all I’m telling you is in the big picture of racing it’s not our main goal. It’s beyond satisfying.
“I never thought I would be here, I really didn’t. I was out here in 2004 going through chemotherapy and I won the divisional race in my Super Comp car and I didn’t know, we took the pictures down there and I thought this might be our last winner’s circle ever. Not because I was a fatalist but because you just don’t know.
“Nineteen wins, a championship and all of this stuff later it is not lost on me. This is just absolutely enormous.”
JACK BECKMAN, Infinite Hero 2015 Dodge Charger R/T
About Infinite Hero Foundation
A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Infinite Hero Foundation combats the most difficult front line issues – mental and physical – facing returning military heroes and their families. The Foundation funds programs that drive innovation and the accessibility of effective treatments for military heroes and their families dealing with service-related mental and physical injuries. For more information, visit: www.infinitehero.org.
About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields seven professional NHRA teams. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the 2012 NHRA Top Fuel world champion Matco Tools dragster driven by Antron Brown and the Red Fuel Powered by Schumacher dragster driven by Spencer Massey; and in Funny Car, 2011 and 2014 world champion Matt Hagan in the Mopar Express Lane/Rocky Boots 2015 Dodge Charger R/T, 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge of Ron Capps and the Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr.
DSR has won 258 NHRA national event titles and 13 world championships.
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