EXCLUSIVE: Beckman presents Chandler with winner’s jacket

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Following the conclusion of qualifying on Saturday night at the Toyota NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey, we were on hand for a special moment. Don Schumacher Racing Funny Car driver Jack Beckman presented Terry Chandler with a winner’s jacket.

The jacket had four-wide logos on it. Beckman won the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals on March 29th at zMax Dragway in Concord, North Carolina.

Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car pilot Jack Beckman presents sponsor Terry Chandler with a winner’s jacket from his win at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals following qualifying on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at the Toyota NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
Jack Beckman presents sponsor Terry Chandler with a winner’s jacket from his win at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals following qualifying on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at the Toyota NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park (Photo by Anthony Caruso III/The Capital Sports Report)

Chandler – who funds the Make-A-Wish and Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Cars driven by Beckman and Tommy Johnson Jr. – was surprised by the gesture. When Beckman won the race in North Carolina, it snapped a winless drought that went back to his 2012 Championship season.

She was moved to tears by Jackman’s kindness.

“Without her, we wouldn’t have a job,” Beckman told The Capital Sports Report. “She makes this all possible.”

After winning in North Carolina, Beckman won recently. In fact, he won approximately two weeks ago at the NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka, Kansas during Memorial Day weekend.

He defeated living legend John Force in the final round.

Beckman will attempt to win his third race of the season on Sunday here at the historic track. DSR teammates, Matt Hagan, Beckman, and Ron Capps have two wins each on the season.

The only other two Funny Car drivers to win this season is living legend John Force and Tim Wilkerson. Force won the NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada in April.

Wilkerson won the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway near Atlanta, Georgia in May.

Hagan won the first two races of the season. Capps won the Gatornationals, then won again at the SpringNationals.

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