Funny Car pilot Beckman wins first Wally in Minnesota

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car driver Jack Beckman won the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minnesota. This was the first-time that Beckman won the race at the track.

Beckman picked up his second win of the season after he went 3.961 at 325.69 mph to win the Wally. In the matchup between the late Terry Chandler’s giving cars, Beckman defeated his teammate Tommy Johnson Jr., who went 4.031 at 319.67 mph.

Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car pilot Jack Beckman wins at Brainerd, Minnesota for the first-time

Funny Car driver Jack Beckman winning the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

The Infinite Hero driver now has 28 Funny Car career wins. He also gave Don Schumacher Racing it’s 329th career win.

“We have struggled, it’s no secret we haven’t had the car we had early in the season,” said Beckman, who moved to fourth in Funny Car points. “We weren’t exactly stellar Friday and Saturday and we didn’t have lane choice all weekend long. (But) I feel a heck of a lot better today than I did yesterday. To put it back in the winner’s circle again, it just reaffirms we have a contending car. I like the way we picked away at things and we got significantly better every time down the racetrack today.”

Beckman had a 21-11 advantage over Johnson Jr. in prior events. Beckman is now a perfect 4-0 against Johnson Jr. in final rounds.

Beckman had the early advantage off of the starting line. He was able to increase his lead from the 330-mark through the end of the race.

The California native is now 2-1 in final rounds this season.

“Everyone was saying ‘we can’t lose, because a Doug Chandler/Terry Chandler car is in the final round,’ but we can lose, because we’re the Infinite Hero car, and we want to win!,” Beckman said of the Infinite Hero Foundation/Make-A-Wish final round dual. “Nobody goes into a final round thinking, ‘If we don’t win, we don’t win.’ It’s a big deal. You don’t know if your last win is your last win. We changed the chassis, clutches, we faced the track prep reduction and we had a tough time. I feel a heck of a lot better today than I felt yesterday.”

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