Beckman defeats Force to win 60th annual WinterNationals Wally

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car pilot Jack Beckman won the first race of the season. He defeated the living legend to win the 60th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals Wally on Sunday at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Pomona, California.

Beckman went 3.837 at 333.33 mph to claim the Wally. John Force went 3.897 at 332.34 mph in the losing effort.

Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car pilot Jack Beckman with the Wally on Sunday after winning the 60th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com
Jack Beckman with the Wally on Sunday after winning the 60th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com

“To beat John Force in the final, it’s a pretty cool weekend,” Beckman said. “It’s my home track. I’ve probably spent more time down there on the starting line than anybody else. I feel comfortable here. There were a lot of friends and family out here today. This a perfect storm. I had never won a nitro title at Pomona up until November last year and now I got two in a row. It’s beyond magical. You don’t know if your last win is your last win. I’m going to go out on a limb and say this isn’t our last win.

The Infinite Hero team has been amazing. We were top two every run in qualifying, except for the first round. Our car was just absolutely amazing. As a driver, you don’t want to limp your way into the winner’s circle. It was awesome for us.”

The Yorba Linda, California had a small advantate off of the starting line, as he went 0.065. The Norco, California native went 0.081 to start the race.

Quickly, after the starting line, Beckman made up the difference and was able to get the lead. He then never trailed throughout the rest of the race, as he won by twenty-two feet.

Beckman won by 0.0443 seconds. This is Beckman’s 31st career win.

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