By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car pilot Jack Beckman is the No. 1 qualifier on Saturday at the Dodge NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil. He went 3.835 at 331.94 mph at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Beckman set a track record with the pass. This is his third No. 1 qualifier of the 2019 season. In addition, it is his 27th No. 1 qualifier of his career.
“I just want the trophy now. That will make it a perfect weekend,” said Beckman, who had previously held both ends of the track record at Vegas coming into the weekend. “It just gives us a lot more confidence. The car is doing what it’s supposed to be doing. We’re not looking over our shoulder because there’s a lot of hungry competitors; we’re looking at Robert Hight. All we can control is our own destiny and you can’t look past anybody.”
The Norco, California native will face Terry Haddock in the first-round of eliminations. The Temple, Texas went 4.142 at 290.07 mph.
Make-A-Wish Foundation Funny Car pilot Tommy Johnson Jr. is the No. 2 qualifier. The Avon, Indiana native went 3.840 at 331.04 mph.
Johnson Jr. will face Jim Campbell in the first-round of eliminations. The Huntington Beach, California native went 4.070 at 299.00 mph.
Living legend John Force is the No. 3 qualifier. The Yorba Linda, California native, who is sponsored by PEAK Antifreeze, went 3.853 at 330.72 mph.
The legend will face Steven Densham in the first-round of eliminations. The Oceanside, California native — who is making his debut in the Densham family Funny Car this weekend — went 4.028 at 313.29 mph.
DHL Funny Car pilot J.R. Todd is the No. 4 qualifier. The Indianapolis, Indiana native went 3.856 at 333.58 mph.
Todd will face Jonnie Lindberg in the first-round of eliminations. The Columbus, Indiana native went 3.943 at 325.45 mph.
Global Electronic Technology Funny Car pilot Shawn Langdon is the No. 5 qualifier. The Danville, Indiana native went 3.861 at 332.34 mph.
Langdon will face Cruz Pedregon in the first-round of eliminations. The Brownsburg, Indiana native went 3.920 at 329.10 mph.
The rest of the Funny Car ladder looks like this:
6. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 3.862, 332.02 mph vs. 11. Ron Capps, Charger, 3.902, 329.67 mph
7. Matt Hagan, Charger, 3.872, 332.34 mph vs. 10. Paul Lee, Charger, 3.881, 332.67 mph
8. Robert Hight, Camaro, 3.876, 332.84 mph vs. 9. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 3.880, 326.56 mph
Did Not Qualify:
17. Jeff Arend, 4.464, 199.94 mph