Jack Beckman tops Funny Car qualifying in NHRA opener

Jack Beckman topped Funny Car qualifying Saturday in the season-opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Beckman had a 3.888-second run at 326.16 mph in a Dodge Charger.

"As a hometown guy it's tough to come out to the first race of the year where there's a little extra pressure to do well and some stress if you don't, but we are beyond that," Beckman said. "It's clear that (crew chiefs) Jimmy (Prock), John (Medlen) and Chris (Cunningham) are getting a handle on this car. When you see them getting that close you know great things are in store for this team."

Steve Torrence led the Top Fuel field, and Greg Anderson topped the Pro Stock class.

Torrence had a 3.703 at 328.06, and Anderson ran a 6.585 at 209.62 in a Chevrolet Camaro.