It took only four times for Torco's CompetitionPlus.com columnist Jack Beckman
to figure out how to win in a nitro-burner.
"Since Don Schumacher hired
me, it's been a steep, steep learning curve," said Beckman in the winner's
circle, "but I had a lot of help. Frank's (Hawley) been working with me some,
(Ron) Capps, (Gary) Scelzi, Mike Ashley. We sit down and talk. I had a lot of
help from my teammates at DSR. And it really is a team. It's a business
enterprise, but there really is a sense that we're pulling for each other. When
Richie won I couldn't jump up and down (because) I was strapped in the Funny
Car, and when Tony won, we were all happy for him. To get to share the podium
with two teammates up here it's just an amazing culmination to the day.
"And, God, I'm looking over there at the Matco Tools Funny Car and that's the
baddest group of crew members over there. Those nine guys, they're the ones that
made that car run.