.September 3, 2017–
Jack Beckman raced his Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger R/T to the Funny Car NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout victory Sunday at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, the world’s biggest drag race, at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
In other racing, Clay Millican (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) secured the No. 1 qualifying position in their respective categories at the 18th of 24 events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.
Beckman ran a 3.952-second pass at 324.67 mph to defeat Robert Hight who smoked the tires to a 4.360 run at 207.11 in his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS. It was Beckman’s third Traxxas Nitro Shootout victory, he has never lost in the finals of the Shootout. With the win, Beckman takes home $100,000 in prize money.
“Just getting in to the Shootout is incredibly difficult,” Beckman said. “That’s what makes it exciting, there’s a big litany of ways to make your way into the field but then there’s only one way to get the trophy: You’ve got to beat three of the baddest fuel cars on the planet in one day. There’s always something that makes this Traxxas final round eventful.”