Valiant effort by Beckman, Chandlers' Infinite Hero Dodge team not enough to beat points leader Sunday at Gateway near St. Louis

MADISON, Ill. (Oct. 1, 2017) - Last year at Gateway Motorsports Park, Jack Beckman in Terry and Doug Chandler's Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car took home the NHRA Wally trophy.
Unfortunately, Beckman's day ended much earlier at this year's sixth annual NHRA Midwest Nationals.
"I'm just going to be a realist, let's just look at facts and separate the emotion," Beckman said.
"That round was our championship round. If we won that round, we stay in the race, keep earning points, and move closer to the top cars. We lost against the No. 1 car and it increased the spread. That was the biggest round of the year for us."
That loss was to Beckman's Don Schumacher Racing teammate and NHRA points leader Ron Capps, who went on to win the event title and move 167 points ahead of Beckman who remains seventh.
It was a great drag race as Beckman clocked a 3.895-second pass at 332.34 mph but he couldn't outrun Capps' 3.885.
"We did everything very well, they did it a little better. There's nothing to do but go over and shake their hands.
"But that's what we do at DSR. You give the fans those sort of incredible side-by-side runs with two drivers performing well under pressure and two crews doing everything right, and two groups of crew chiefs making all good calls.
"Unfortunately, somebody had to come out on the losing end and that was us. So that one stings bitterly. We can't control what the cars ahead of us do in the points from here on out. We can still win 12 rounds and that's absolutely our goal."
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series will take a weekend off before traveling to Dallas for the NHRA FallNationals.
JACK BECKMAN, Terry and Doug Chandler's Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T
Crew chiefs: Dean Antonelli, John Medlen, Neal Strausbaugh
First round: BECKMAN (3.850 sec., 333.49 mph) def. Del Worsham (5.167, 153.11)
Second round: Ron Capps (3.885, 328.86) def. BECKMAN (3.895, 332.34)
Qualified: No. 6
FRIDAY: 3.873 sec., 331.77 mph, (Session 1); 3.877, 331.12, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 4.107, 239.10, (Session 3); 10.074, 69.65, (Session 4)
              Pts      Events       Wins      Rup      Semi      Qtr     1st rd      Poles      DNQ        W/L
2017          5th          21            2           2              5         9             3              0           0          32-19
CAREER                273           26         27           50       82           81            21           7       364-240
Career best time, speed: 3.825 sec., (2016 Pomona 2); 334.15 mph (Seattle 2016)
A year ago at Gateway: Qualified No. 2, won in championship round over Tommy Johnson Jr.
Career at Gateway: Wins 2 (2012, 2016), Runner-ups 2 (2010, 2013), Poles 1 (2012)
FUNNY CAR                                                    
  1. RON CAPPS (8)                    2395     -----
  2. Robert Hight (3)                      2349    -46 
  3. Courtney Force                       2287  -108
  4. MATT HAGAN (3)                  2238   -157
  5. JACK BECKMAN (2)             2228   -167
  6. John Force (1)                        2197   -198
  7. TOMMY JOHNSON JR. (1)   2191   -204
  8. J.R. Todd (2)                          2168    -227
  9. Tim Wilkerson                        2130    -265
10 Cruz Pedregon                        2096    -299

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