Jack Beckman missed the cut in Funny Car at the NHRA O'Reilly Spring Nationals. His 4.756 was not enough to crack the bubble; effectively ending his consecutive qualifying streak at 87.
“It sucks, you can’t put a good face on this,” Beckman told ESPN2’s Gary Gerould. “I still drive for a great team, and I still drive a great car. There’s nothing wrong with this crew. I think it’s the trailer – you know we inherited [teammate Ron] Capps’ trailer out of this deal. Maybe that’s it.
“We’ve had Rahn Tobler and John Collins helping out Todd Smith and Terry. We just can’t calm this car down. Every time we turn knobs, we are not getting the desired outcome. That’s two out of the last ten runs we’ve been down the race track, and that’s not going to cut it. It’s a brand new car and every time we unload one, they go right down the race track. I’m not sure we have an issue but we are so far off of this thing doing what we want it to do.
“I don’t know if we will test out … sprinkle holy water on the thing … it’s just frustrating. It’s tough to put a good spin on it. We have five days off before we have to do again in Atlanta and do a better job for Valvoline."
This marked the third consecutive race a DSR Funny car has failed to qualify.
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