Don Schumacher announced today
that NHRA Super Comp champion and Top Fuel racer Jack Beckman will replace Funny
Car driver Whit Bazemore at this weekend's Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals at Maple
Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa., and for the remainder of the 2006 POWERade Drag
Beckman, 40, of North Hills, Calif., recently earned his
NHRA Funny Car license driving the Matco Tools Funny Car, which will retain the
Matco Tools sponsorship through the end of 2006.