Beckman wins 2020 US Nationals Funny Car Wally

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Jack Beckman may have won his final Wally at the prestigious U.S. Nationals. He wants to continue to race, but there may not be funding to continue with the Infinite Hero Foundation funding ending at the end of the season. 

Funding is so tough to find in motorsports, especially now during the coronavirus pandemic. His teammate Tony Schumacher lost his U.S. Army funding following the 2018 season. Nearly two years later, Schumacher returned with funding help from his teammate Antron Brown, Leah Pruett, and Matt Hagan.

Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car pilot Jack Beckman racing on Sunday at the prestigious Denso Spark Plugs U.S. Nationals
Jack Beckman racing on Sunday at the prestigious Denso Spark Plugs U.S. Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

The Norco, California native defeated J.R. Todd to win the prestigious Denso Spark Plugs U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in Brownsburg, Indiana. This is Don Schumacher Racing’s 10th straight Funny Car win. 

Beckman went 3.908 at 327.35 mph to claim the Wally. The Indianapolis, Indiana native went 3.960 at 324.28 mph in the losing effort. 

“If this is the last time I race at Indy, this team left nothing on the race track,” said Beckman, who reached his 67th career final round. “This is what drag racing is all about. I hope I can continue to keep doing this, but I’m going to revel in this right now. Our team was just awesome today.”

Before this final round, Beckman had an 8-6 advantage over Todd. However, this was the first-time that they faced each other in the final round. 

Todd was pissed after Beckman deep-staged. This made the DHL Funny Car driver to go into right away instead of taking his time. 

Beckman now has two wins this season. However, Todd has lost his only final round appearance. 

The Indiana native held the holeshot on Beckman. However, the California native was able to pull even at the sixty foot mark, before he pulled away.

He won by 0.0371 seconds, or approx. 18 feet.

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