BRAINERD, Minn. – Jack Beckman had the third-quickest Funny Car run in NHRA history Friday in the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.
Beckman, who also owns the top two quickest runs in the class, powered his Dodge Charger to a track-record 3.946 seconds at 324.75 mph in qualifying.
"Unloading with a good run absolutely puts us in a wonderful position," Beckman said. "We were really trying to run a 3.93. There were several areas on the 3.94 where it wasn't as good as we were hoping it would be, and that's a good feeling when you miss it by a little bit and the car still runs that good.
"It's my best speed by a bunch, and we took over the points lead with that one. After leaving Pomona in 18th, being in first for now is a wonderful position."
Shawn Langdon led the Top Fuel field, Shane Gray topped the Pro Stock class, and Andrew Hines took the Pro Stock Motorcycle lead. Langdon had a 3.749 at 321.35, Gray ran a 6.607 at 208.88 in Chevrolet Camaro, and Hines had a 6.937 at 190.54 on a Harley-Davidson.