Beckman scores first win of the season in Englishtown
Jack Beckman powered his Funny Car to victory at the 48th annual NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, as Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also clinched wins.
Beckman earned his 25th career victory and first of the season with a 4.100sec pass at 312.42mph in the final round to defeat Ron Capps who ran a 4.143 at 299.66. This was Beckman’s first win since St. Louis in 2016, and his first final round appearance of the season.
“There have been quite a few variables for our team already this season, and we needed to get this win today so we knew that we could do this more often,” Beckman said. “Not only is this our team’s first win together, but a win at the Summernationals in Funny Car is about as cool as it gets.”
Beckman qualified fourth and defeated Jim Campbell, Cruz Pedregon and Ron Capps before reaching his first final round of the season. Teammate and defending world champion Capps reached his sixth final round of the year after defeating Del Worsham, Alexis DeJoria and Robert Hight.
With the win, Beckman sits at third in the standings as the fifth different Funny Car winner of the season. Capps maintained his lead atop the Funny Car standings with the runner-up finish in Englishtown.
Torrence secured his third victory of the season with a 3.857-second pass at 320.28 mph in his Capco Contractors dragster to defeat reigning Antron Brown who ran a 3.932 at 306.74 in his Matco Tools dragster in the final round.
He emerged victorious for the first time since winning back-to-back races in Charlotte and Atlanta, and has now reached the final round at five of the past six events. The win was only Torrence’s second victory in 24 matchups against Brown in his career, and was his third career victory in Englishtown.
“All day long I was confident because we have historically done well in Englishtown, since I have won here twice and don’t have that chip on my shoulder,” Torrence said. “Both Antron [Brown] and I have cars that can win and we know we just have to do our jobs to win. I know my record against him isn’t the best, but it’s always fun to go up against one of my best friends in the final round.”
Torrence qualified second and defeated Smax Smith, Clay Millican and Doug Kalitta on the way to victory. Brown qualified first and defeated Blake Alexander and Brittany Force before reaching his fifth final round of the year. Torrence now trails Brown by just seven points in the Top Fuel standings, while previous points leader Leah Pritchett fell to third with a first round exit in Englishtown.
Greg Anderson secured the victory after driving to a 6.613 at 210.44 to knock off Vincent Nobile who ran a 6.665 at 210.21. Anderson now has two victories this year as he notched his first win since Phoenix.
“It certainly was a tough weekend but everything worked out for us, but this Wally is going to my son for getting through high school,” Anderson said. “This track has been magical for me, I have a lot of great memories here. To win eight times here makes it a pretty special place.”
Anderson had the fifth best qualifying time and defeated Kenny Delco, Allen Johnson and Bo Butner en route to his fifth final round appearance of 2017. Nobile earned his first final round appearance of the season by defeating Drew Skillman, John Gaydosh and Jeg Coughlin.
PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE
Defending Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Jerry Savoie emerged victorious with a 6.918 at 192.85 to defeat Hector Arana Jr’s pass of 6.862 at 195.62. Savoie notched his seventh career victory and first of the season.
“I’ve had some struggles earlier in the season,” he said, “but each win is special because you never know which one will be your last.
“This track has been good to me in the past and we were able to take this one home today and I’m extremely thankful for that.”
Savoie has now reached two final rounds in four events, defeating Cory Reed, Scott Pollacheck and Angie Smith on the day. Arana Jr. defeated Melissa Surber, Eddie Krawiec and Karen Stoffer to reach his first final round of 2017.
Final finish order at the 48th NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
TOP FUEL: 1. Steve Torrence; 2. Antron Brown; 3. Doug Kalitta; 4. Brittany Force; 5. Tony Schumacher; 6. Scott Palmer; 7. Clay Millican; 8. Troy Coughlin Jr.; 9. Dom Lagana; 10. Terry McMillen; 11. Leah Pritchett; 12. Blake Alexander; 13. Shawn Langdon; 14. Smax Smith.
Final: Steve Torrence, 3.857 seconds, 320.28 mph def. Antron Brown, 3.932 seconds, 306.74 mph.
FUNNY CAR: 1. Jack Beckman; 2. Ron Capps; 3. Courtney Force; 4. Robert Hight; 5. Cruz Pedregon; 6. Matt Hagan; 7. Tommy Johnson Jr.; 8. Alexis DeJoria; 9. Jonnie Lindberg; 10. Tim Wilkerson; 11. Del Worsham; 12. John Force; 13. Bob Tasca III; 14. Jeff Diehl; 15. J.R. Todd; 16. Jim Campbell.
Final: Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 4.100, 312.42 def. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.143, 299.66.
PRO STOCK: 1. Greg Anderson; 2. Vincent Nobile; 3. Bo Butner; 4. Jeg Coughlin; 5. Allen Johnson; 6. Alan Prusiensky; 7. John Gaydosh Jr; 8. Erica Enders; 9. Kenny Delco; 10. Matt Hartford; 11. Val Smeland; 12. Tanner Gray; 13. Jason Line; 14. Drew Skillman.
Final: Greg Anderson, Chevy Camaro, 6.613, 210.44 def. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.665, 210.21.
PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE: 1. Jerry Savoie; 2. Hector Arana Jr; 3. Karen Stoffer; 4. Angie Smith; 5. Hector Arana; 6. Eddie Krawiec; 7. Scotty Pollacheck; 8. LE Tonglet; 9. Angelle Sampey; 10. Chip Ellis; 11. Melissa Surber; 12. Joey Gladstone; 13. Andrew Hines; 14. Kelly Clontz; 15. Steve Johnson; 16. Cory Reed.
Final: Jerry Savoie, Suzuki, 6.918, 192.85 def. Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.862, 195.62.
Point standings following the 10th tenth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
TOP FUEL: 1. Antron Brown, 878; 2. Steve Torrence, 871; 3. Leah Pritchett, 842; 4. Tony Schumacher, 766; 5. Doug Kalitta, 648; 6. Brittany Force, 609; 7. Clay Millican, 520; 8. Troy Coughlin Jr., 412; 9. Terry McMillen, 392; 10. Scott Palmer, 380.
FUNNY CAR: 1. Ron Capps, 931; 2. Matt Hagan, 802; 3. Jack Beckman, 652; 4. Courtney Force, 648; 5. Robert Hight, 645; 6. (tie) John Force, 587; Tommy Johnson Jr., 587; 8. J.R. Todd, 444; 9. Tim Wilkerson, 427; 10. Del Worsham, 372.
PRO STOCK: 1. Bo Butner, 837; 2. Greg Anderson, 797; 3. Tanner Gray, 758; 4. Jeg Coughlin, 701; 5. Jason Line, 668; 6. Erica Enders, 579; 7. Vincent Nobile, 562; 8. Drew Skillman, 504; 9. Chris McGaha, 421; 10. Shane Gray, 382.
PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE: 1. Eddie Krawiec, 358; 2. LE Tonglet, 356; 3. Jerry Savoie, 322; 4. Andrew Hines, 263; 5. Scotty Pollacheck, 250; 6. Hector Arana Jr, 234; 7. Joey Gladstone, 223; 8. Karen Stoffer, 186; 9. (tie) Steve Johnson, 167; Angie Smith, 167.
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