Driver of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Qualified: No. 11 (3.956 E.T. at 321.27 MPH)
E1: 3.958 E.T. at 322.88 MPH defeated Cruz Pedregon 3.981 E.T. at 322.19 MPH, Phil Burkhart Jr. 4.172 E.T. at 263.56 MPH
E2: 4.010 E.T. at 318.32 MPH defeated John Force 4.025 E.T. at 321.81 MPH, Ron Capps 4.037 E.T. at 315.05 MPH
E3: 4.370 E.T. at 213.16 MPH defeated by J.R. Todd 3.970 E.T. at 319.07 MPH, Tommy Johnson Jr. 3.975 E.T. at 313.29 MPH
Jack Beckman raced the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to his second final round appearance of 2019. After qualifying No. 11, the 2012 Funny Car world champion advanced into the second round with his lap of 3.958 seconds, besting Cruz Pedregon and Phil Burkart, Jr.
In the second round, Beckman defeated John Force and Ron Capps and followed fellow DSR teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. into the final eliminations quad with his pass of 4.010 seconds. Beckman, who won his first-ever Funny Car Wally at The Strip in 2006, came up short in his bid for a second career victory in Las Vegas following winner J.R. Todd and Johnson to the stripe with his run of 4.370. Beckman ranks second in the Funny Car championship standings.
“We salvaged a pretty darn good weekend after qualifying 11th. I don’t feel that was indicative of how good of a car we had. We were just wearing way too much clutch and it slows it down. We addressed it for race day and then we had to pull some of that back because the race track was the hottest we’ve seen all year. I’m so proud of this team for making good, logical choices in getting us to the final round and giving us a chance to win. At the end of the day, that’s all you really want is a chance to race in the final and get a win. In the finals, it put a hole out and (crew chief) John Medlen shut the car off. There’s no point in risking damage and hurting parts when we weren’t going to get the trophy. The cool news is in five days we’ll unload and start making qualifying runs at Houston with a really cool looking body and we’re going to change some more lives for a great cause.”