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Off the Wall With: Fast Jack Beckman

Welcome to Off the Wall With…, where we ask your favorite drivers five questions that are… well, off the wall! We’ll check in with a different driver each week to get a peek into life outside the racecar. This week, we put 2012 NHRA Funny Car champ Fast Jack Beckman in the hot seat.

What’s fun besides racing?

Beckman: Surfing!

What’s the top item on your bucket list?

Beckman: Skydiving. My wife won’t let me. She’ll let me get in a 320-mph dragster with parachutes. She won’t let me get in an airplane with a parachute.

Your go-to on movie night is:

Beckman: Any movie. I’m an action movie, sci-fi (person). When I’m at the races, if I can knock out three movies in a weekend, I’m all over that. My go to is popcorn. That’s what my go to is on movie night!

What’s one item that’s always in your grocery bag?

Beckman: Bananas.

Most memorable fan interaction?

Beckman: Jacob Delling. He’s now 11 years old, blind since he was four. I met him when he was nine and we’ve become friends. He hangs out once a year with us at the races. He’ll get in our tow vehicle and it’s just been incredibly motivating and inspiring.

What’s fun besides racing? What’s the top item on your bucket list? Your go-to on movie night: One item that’s always in your grocery bag? Most memorable fan interaction:
Cole Whitt Fishing Visiting Bora Bora God’s Not Dead Ground Turkey Getting called by the wrong name
Joey Logano


Nothing Winning a Martinsville clock Miracle Yogurt Signing an arm so they could have it tattooed on
Ron Capps Watching other racing Going into space Something with Will Ferrell in it A receipt Visiting the Zoo at Brainerd
Casey Mears Playing with my kids Winning another Sprint Cup race Good Will Hunting Eggs Meeting with U.S. soldiers
Alexis DeJoria Family adventures Bungee jumping Something horror or sci fi Vegetable juices A fan who cried when she met me
Ryan Newman Anything outdoors Nothing-enjoy life every day! Tombstone Bread Anytime a kid asks a question
David Gilliland Riding 4-wheelers Deep-sea fishing in Alaska Days of Thunder Bananas Getting mistaken for Travis Kvapil (happens a lot)
Fast Jack Beckman Surfing Skydiving Any movie, especially action or sci-fi Bananas Hanging out with 11-year-old Jacob Delling


About the author

A writer for Frontstretch since 2002, and editor since 2006, Toni heads up the NHRA coverage for the site. She’s responsible for post-race coverage in the weekly Pace Laps multi-series round-up along with the weekly Nitro Shots column featuring news and features from the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. An award-winning former writer for the Presbyterian Church, Toni works in web design and freelances with writing in North Carolina.

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