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Beckman, Infinite Hero team advance to semifinals of U.S. Nationals to earn No. 4 Countdown seed after winning Traxxas Shootout

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Sept. 4, 2017) - Sunday of the U.S. Nationals was a perfect day for Jack Beckman and Terry and Doug Chandler's Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car Powered by Pennzoil as they won the Traxxas Nitro Shootout all-start event and $100,000 for Don Schumacher Racing. 

Unfortunately, on Monday the team was defeated in a close race in the semifinals by DSR teammate and points leader Ron Capps with the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car.
 
"We came within two win lights of having the most perfect drag racing weekend you can have," Beckman said.
 
"It's always frustrating to not close the deal, we just barely lost to our teammate out there and that's a tough loss coming off a day like we had and a car like we have."
 
Beckman entered the 63rd annual U.S. Nationals as the No. 5 qualifier with his 3.859 at 333.16 mph. He faced Tommy Johnson Jr. in the opening session, who is also funded by the Chandlers. Beckman ran a 3.890 (328.54) to win over Johnson's 3.923.
 
Beckman then faced NHRA underdog, Jim Campbell, in the second round and won with a time of 3.878 (327.35).
 
It was a very close race in the semifinals when Beckman ran a 3.948 (322.81) as Capps went 3.940.
 
The Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T led by crew chiefs Dean Antonelli, John Medlen and Neal Strausbaugh could not be too disappointed. They also secured the No. 4 seed for the six-race Countdown to the Championship that opens in two weeks near Charlotte.
 
As the NHRA heads into the Countdown and the points are reset, Beckman is 40 points behind Capps.
 
"But that is our silver lining," said Beckman, the 2012 Funny Car world champ who has won three Shootout titles. "This car has been fantastic, we're making good tune-up calls, I feel comfortable in the cockpit. Now when they re-set the points we are right on the NAPA car's rear bumper and I like our odds of winning the championship.
 
"Plus we did pocket a hundred thousand dollars on Sunday so it wasn't a bad weekend."
 
JACK BECKMAN, Terry and Doug Chandler's Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T - won Sunday's Shootout
Crew chiefs: Dean Antonelli, John Medlen, Neal Strausbaugh
MONDAY CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATIONS
First round: BECKMAN (3.890 sec., 327.03 mph) def. Tommy Johnson Jr. (3.925, 329.34)
Second round: BECKMAN (3.878, 327.35) def. Del Worsham (4.132, 252.90)
Semifinals: Ron Capps (3.940, 324.75) def. BECKMAN (3.948, 322.81)
QUALIFYING
Qualified: No. 5
FRIDAY: 3.900 sec., 330.08 mph, (Session 1 of 5)
SATURDAY: 4.869, 157.98, (Session 2 of 5); 3.859, 333.16, (Session 3 of 5)
SUNDAY: 3.872, 331.77, (Session 4 of 5); , (Session 5 of 5)
                  Pts      Events       Wins      Rup      Semi      Qtr     1st rd      Poles      DNQ      W/L
2017          4th            18            2            2            4           8            2              0          0       29-16
CAREER                  270           26         27           49         81           80          21         7      361-237     

Career best time, speed: 3.825 sec., (2016 Pomona 2); 334.15 mph (Seattle 2016)
INDY BY THE NUMBERS
A year ago at Indy: Qualified No. 2, lost in first round to Dave Richards
Career at Indy: Wins 1 (2015); Runner-ups 2 (2008, 2013); Poles 1 (2015);
All-star/Invitational event titles 4 (2007, 2013, 2015, 2017)
 
FUNNY CAR STANDINGS                                                          
2017 COUNTDOWN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP
  1. RON CAPPS (6)                         2,100       -----
  2. Robert Hight (2)                          2,080        -20
  3. MATT HAGAN (3)                      2,070        -30
  4. JACK BECKMAN (2)                 2,060        -40
  5. TOMMY JOHNSON JR.             2,050        -50
  6. Courtney Force                           2,040        -60
  7. John Force (1)                            2,030        -70
  8. J.R. Todd (2)                               2,000        -80
  9. Tim Wilkerson                             2,010        -90
10. Cruz Pedregon                            2,000      -100
 
FINAL 2017 NHRA MELLO YELLO REGULAR SEASON
1. RON CAPPS (6)                        1,530
2. Robert Hight (2)                         1,344
3. MATT HAGAN (3)                     1,280
4. JACK BECKMAN (2)                1,275
5. TOMMY JOHNSON JR. (1)       1,229
6. Courtney Force                           1,072
7. John Force (1)                             1,007
8. J.R. Todd (2)                                 959
9. Tim Wilkerson                               902
 10. Cruz Pedregon                            730
 

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