Beckman Seizes Second Win of Season at Topeka

Sixth Victory in Eight Events for 2015 Dodge Charger R/T

            Funny Car racer Jack Beckman finished off a record-setting weekend of racing at Heartland Park Topeka Sunday by claiming a victory over category icon John Force at the NHRA Kansas Nationals.

            Beckman used a pair of 3.9-second runs to outrun Courtney Force and John Hale in earlier rounds and then beat Del Worsham in a close semifinal before speeding to another three-second run to oust the 16-time world champ in the final round. Prior to that, Beckman clocked three-second runs in two of the three rounds of qualifying Friday and Saturday.

            Just how quick were the Funny Cars in Topeka? There were 19 three-second runs in the entire 2014 season, and just this weekend, there were 15. Beckman accounted for five of those.

            “We had an outstanding weekend of racing,” said Beckman, who set the record for the most three-second Funny Car runs by a driver in a race weekend. “That’s a function of the [crew chief] Jimmy Prock tune-up; [the car] is so much fun to drive.”

            In the final, Beckman held off Force with a 3.984-second run at 316.45 mph in his Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger while Force trailed with a 4.002 at 324.51 in his Peak Antifreeze Chevy Camaro. It was Beckman’s second win of the season, 17th of his career, and second at HPT. (cited:

Larry Dixon Is Back and Movin’ On Up



Larry Dixon is making up for lost time – in VERY fast way, that is – as in the neighborhood of 320-plus mph and less than four seconds.

“I definitely think we’re going in the right direction,” Dixon said in an NHRA media release. “After Gainesville (walked away from a spectacular crash), we were 12th (in points) and now we’re in sixth and the car is running well.

“I ran a career-best E.T. and speed (this past Sunday at Topeka) and I think we have a top five car. I would like to think that we’re in a great spot to compete for a championship.”

We believe Larry would have won if not for the explosion.


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ROUND ONE:                          Larry Dixon                 3.767               no speed

                                                Leah Pritchett             3.787               321.73

QUARTERFINALS:                    Dixon                           3.771               329.91

                                                Brown                          3.795               no speed

SEMIFINALS:                            Dixon                           3.736               329.18

                                                Kalitta                          5.476               97.90

FINAL:                                      Crampton                    3.738               318.09

                                                 Dixon                          3.787               308.28