Beckman gets first No. 1 qualifier of 2020 at SpringNationals

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

In his second-to-last race with the Infinite Hero Foundation, Jack Beckman is the No. 1 qualifier. The Norco, California native went 3.884 at 328.14 mph at the 33rd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil on Saturday at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas.

This is Beckman’s first No. 1 qualifier of the 2020 season. In addition, this is his 28th No. 1 qualifier.

Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car pilot Jack Beckman racing on Saturday at the 33rd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil
Jack Beckman racing on Saturday at the 33rd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil (Photo by the NHRA)

Beckman – like in Dallas – is looking for his first win in Houston.

“I’ve done the math, if we beat four people, they’ll hand us another trophy,” Beckman said. “I didn’t realize with 17 cars here, [Ron] Capps would be 16th qualifier. I’m going to go over there and ask if they’ll block for us. I don’t think Rahn [Tobler] and Ron will have anything to do with that. We knew we were going to have to earn this and I’d rather take it from the No. 1 spot.”

Mopar-sponsored Matt Hagan is the No. 2 qualifier. The Christiansburg, Virginia native went 3.907 at 327.74 mph.

DHL-sponsored J.R. Todd was the No. 3 qualifier. The Indiana native went 3.923 at 328.62 mph.

Funny Car Elimination Ladder:

  • Jack Beckman vs. Ron Capps
  • Matt Hagan vs. Dave Richards
  • J.R. Todd vs. Terry Haddock
  • Bob Tasca III vs. Paul Lee
  • Alexis DeJoria vs. Tim Wilkerson
  • Tommy Johnson Jr. vs. Jim Campbell
  • Bobby Bode III vs. Blake Alexander
  • Cruz Pedregon vs. Chad Green

Todd Simpson did not make the show. He went 7.606 at 85.74 mph.

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