By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car pilot Jack Beckman is the No. 1 qualifier of the 49th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway in Gainesville, Fla. Beckman went 3.911 at 332.18 mph during his second qualifying pass to get the top qualifying spot in the Funny Car class.
This is his first No. 1 qualifier of the season. It is his second No. 1 qualifier at Gainesville Raceway and the 24th No. 1 qualifier in his career.
|Jack Beckman during Friday qualifying in Gainesville (Photo by the NHRA)
“We didn’t have the best car on Saturday,” Beckman said. “[Saturday’s] conditions are going to be a lot more like the conditions we race in [on Sunday]. We just didn’t give credit to the sunshine out there since this is a warmer track than what we’ve run so far this year.”
Beckman will face his best friend in the first-round of eliminations. He’ll face Jim Campbell, the pilot of the 7-Eleven, Oberto Beef Jerky Funny Car, after he went 5.142 at 156.37 mph.
Advance Auto Parts pilot Courtney Force is the No. 2 qualifier following her 3.914 at 327.66 mph pass. Force will face her living legend father, John Force, in the first-round of eliminations after he went 4.281 at 222.88 mph.
Robert Hight, the reigning Funny Car Champion, is the No. 3 qualifier with a 3.917 at 333.66 mph pass. He’ll face Dave Richards in the first-round after he went 4.133 at 300.93 mph.
Shawn Langdon, who is in his third race as a Funny Car pilot, is the No. 4 qualifier with his 3.926 at 327.03 mph pass. He’ll face Gary Densham in the first-round, who went 4.089 at 308.57 mph.
Tommy Johnson Jr. is the No. 5 qualifier in his Make-A-Wish Foundation Funny Car after his 3.933 at 327.27 mph pass. Johnson Jr. will face Cruz Pedregon in the first-round after he went 4.089 at 308.57 mph in his Snap-On Funny Car.
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