Two drivers; two Dodges; two records
Two new records were set Friday as “Fast Jack” Beckman made the quickest pass in Funny Car history Friday and Matt Hagan set a new all-time benchmark for speed.
Cool evening track temperatures at the Sonoma Raceway made for some hot passes. The top seven qualifiers all posted ETs of less than four seconds and speeds above 320 miles per hour. Adding Beckman’s first round ET the total comes to eight, a new record for a single day of qualifying.
With two sub-four-second ETs, Beckman was the top qualifier in both Friday rounds. In the opening session, Beckman’s Infinite Hero Charger R/T tripped the lights in 3.982 seconds at 320.05 mph. It was the only was the only car with a pass under four seconds in Round One. (...) →