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Jack Beckman has record run to top Funny Car qualifying



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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jack Beckman made the quickest Funny Car run in The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway history Saturday night to take the No. 1 qualifying spot in the Dodge NHRA Nationals.

Beckman had a pass of 3.835 seconds at 331.94 mph during the final session in a Dodge SRT Hellcat, a day after going a Las Vegas-best 335.90. It is his third No. 1 qualifier this season and 27th overall.

"I just want the trophy now. That will make it a perfect weekend," Beckman said. "It just gives us a lot more confidence. The car is doing what it's supposed to be doing. All we can control is our own destiny and you can't look past anybody."

Leah Pritchett qualified first in Top Fuel, Greg Anderson in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle in the fifth of six races in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs.

Pritchett grabbed the No. 1 in the last session with a track-record pass of 3.654 at 329.83.

Anderson had a 6.584 at 207.91 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his second No. 1 of the season and 104th overall.

Smith lowered the track record on an EBR, going 6.840 at 196.93 for his sixth No. 1 of the season.

Eliminations begin at 11 a.m. PT on Sunday at the Dodge NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil.

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