Beckman wins second Wally in 2015, defeats living legend in Kansas

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car pilot Jack Beckman has won his second race of the 2015 season. He has now won the 27th annual NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, Kansas.

Beckman defeated living legend John Force in the final round. The cancer survivor went 3.984 at 316.45 mph to claim the win.

Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car pilot Jack Beckman celebrates with the Wally after winning the NHRA Kansas Nationals
Jack Beckman celebrates with the Wally after winning the NHRA Kansas Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

Force went 4.002 at 324.51 mph in the losing effort.

“We had an outstanding week of racing,” said Beckman, who set the record for the most three-second Funny Car runs by a driver in a race weekend. “That’s a function of the (crew chief) Jimmy Prock tune-up, (the car) is so much fun to drive. I have all the respect in the world for John Force,” Beckman said. “It makes a difference when you race him. You’re getting a chance to play against Babe Ruth. It’s so unique in our sport, that a guy [who is] the best there has ever been in this sport, can still mix it up with us.

“I’ve said this before, I can’t wait to tell my grandkids I got to compete against John Force. This trophy will be extra special because it was John Force we beat in the final.”

Beckman previously won the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina in April.

Before this final round, Beckman held a 21-8 advantage over Force in prior events. Both drivers have won twice in the previous four final rounds.

The Terry Chandler-sponsored driver had a small starting line advantage, as he had a 0.052 reaction time. Force trailed with a 0.056 reaction time.

Beckman had the lead, then Force came back. The legend ran out of time, as the Don Schumacher Racing driver won by 0.0223 seconds, or approx. 11 feet.

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