|SONOMA, Calif. (Aug. 2, 2015 ) – It was only fitting that young Jason Beckman won an informal dance contest on the winner’s circle stage Sunday at Sonoma Raceway before his dad Jack Beckman and other NHRA Mello Yello event winners took over.That pretty much made it a Beckman-family sweep at the Sonoma NHRA Nationals.
For the third time in the past four Mello Yello events, Jack and his Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car team led by Jimmy Prock with assistants John Medlen and Chris Cunningham won the NHRA Wally trophy during one of the most remarkable weekends a team has enjoyed in NHRA history.
The memorable accomplishments for DSR include Jack joining teammate Antron Brown as both pole and race winners to mark the 50th time since 2003 that DSR has left an NHRA Mello Yello event with at least two trophies.
Jack’s fifth win of the season helped push DSR’s total to 260 NHRA Wally trophies and coupled with his win the week before near Denver marks only the second time in his career when he won back-to-back races; the other was on the Western Swing (Seattle and Denver) in 2007.
The weekend also includes the quickest ever run by a Funny Car when Beckman and the Infinite Hero team set the NHRA elapsed time record at 3.921 seconds to earn 20-point bonus and pull it within 77 points of teammate and points leader Matt Hagan (Mopar Express Lane/Rocky Boots).
“Everything about this win makes it extra special, but I haven’t had a bad win this year,” said Jack, who earned his second pole of the year and 12th of his career before ending the day with his 20th win. “If you look at the five wins (this year) they’ve been very, very different and all special. I don’t know that this will sink in until I’m on an airplane flying to Seattle.
“Since we got the trophy and qualified first and set the national record it’s icing on top of icing on top of the cake. It couldn’t have been any better.”
In addition to what has been noted, the team earned 147 out of a possible 150 points during the event and only Hagan in 2011 has done that before in NHRA.
“I think the world of Jimmy to say the least. I’m thrilled he’s come on board,” said DSR owner Don Schumacher. “I’m hoping that he’s having a great, great time. That’s really the special part about it.”
Of Beckman’s eight runs down the Sonoma track, the Infinite Hero Dodge ran in the 3-second range on five runs.
“We race a lot, we live it and you don’t have many weekends like this,” Prock said. “We had an opportunity and we got off to an excellent start. That was an advantage right out of the gate, we already had a 3-second run on the board so we had an opportunity to go after (the record) Friday night.”
The Sonoma Nationals was the second of three races in three weeks that comprise the Western Swing that will include a Mello Yello race next weekend at Seattle.
JACK BECKMAN, Infinite Hero 2015 Dodge Charger R/T
2015 NHRA MELLO YELLO FUNNY CAR CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
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 260 NHRA national event titles and 13 world championships.
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