Driver of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Qualified: No. 4 (3.939 E.T. at 328.22 MPH)
E1: 5.135 E.T. at 152.07 MPH defeated by Cruz Pedregon 4.214 E.T. at 225.33 MPH
Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car driver Jack Beckman started race day in the No. 4 spot with the goal of adding to his two career wins at Maple Grove Raceway. Beckman had the edge off the starting line against Cruz Pedregon in round one, but smoked the tires near the 330-foot mark and slowed to a losing 5.135-second at 152.07-mph effort. “Fast” Jack, the 2012 NHRA Funny Car World Champion, leaves Reading in the No. 8 position in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
“Sometimes drag racing is would’ve, could’ve and should’ve. We had a great race car with our Dodge Hellcat Charger, and we lost first round. We watched Courtney Force, the No. 1 car in points, smoke the tires and get beat right in front of us, and we didn’t capitalize on that. We came in here in sixth place, and we’re likely going to lose ground. There’s no reason to beat ourselves up about it; these race cars are 11,000-horsepower, slightly unpredictable beasts.
“We have to be smart. We have to figure out what we should have done better, put that in our brains, in our data loggers, take that with us to St. Louis and try our best to be better every single run. We’re going to have to capitalize on qualifying bonus points. We did a great job of that this weekend, but at the end of the day they (qualifying runs) are only worth three points per run, where round wins are worth 20. That’s where we are going to have to win the championship.”