Beckman defeats Hagan in first Funny Car win at the Texas Motorplex

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car pilot Jack Beckman has won the 2020 AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas. He defeated his Don Schumacher Racing teammate Matt Hagan in the final round.

The Norco, California native went 3.908 at 328.46 mph to claim the Wally. The Christiansburg, Virginia native went 3.943 at 324.20 mph in the losing effort.

Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car driver Jack Beckman racing on Sunday at the 2020 AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals
Jack Beckman racing on Sunday at the 2020 AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals (Photo by the NHRA)

“We have a phenomenal car,” Beckman said. “I had a good feeling all day today and I think our car is as good as any car out there every time we go out there. I’ve won Indy, I’ve won Pomona and a lot of the major races, but Dallas, since I came here in 1986 to spectate at the very first national event here, was one I would have loved to win. I had 14 shots at it before I finally closed the deal. To have your name listed as the first (to win a Camping World Wally), that can never be taken away from you and it’s just awesome.”

With the win, DSR has now won 12 straight wins. Beckman secured his first career win at the Texas Motorplex.

Beckman has three wins this season with his latest Wally. In addition, it is his 33rd career win in the category.

Before this final round, “The Hulk” had a 28-24 advantage over his teammate in previous events. In addition, he held a 4-2 advantage in previous final rounds.

Both drivers were nearly identical in reaction time, as Beckman had a 0.070 and Hagan had a 0.069. Despite the slower reaction time by a small difference, Beckman led by the time the two drivers went past the Christmas tree.

He then never trailed, as he won by 0.0341 seconds. The California won by approx. 16 feet.

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