(Photo: Toni Montgomery)

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 race car. 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 WhittFishingVisiting Bora BoraGod’s Not DeadGround TurkeyGetting called by the wrong name
Joey Logano 


NothingWinning a Martinsville clockMiracleYogurtSigning an arm so they could have it tattooed on
Ron CappsWatching other racingGoing into spaceSomething with Will Ferrell in itA receiptVisiting the Zoo at Brainerd
Casey MearsPlaying with my kidsWinning another Sprint Cup raceGood Will HuntingEggsMeeting with U.S. soldiers
Alexis DeJoriaFamily adventuresBungee jumpingSomething horror or sci fiVegetable juicesA fan who cried when she met me
Ryan NewmanAnything outdoorsNothing-enjoy life every day!TombstoneBreadAnytime a kid asks a question
David GillilandRiding 4-wheelersDeep-sea fishing in AlaskaDays of ThunderBananasGetting mistaken for Travis Kvapil (happens a lot)
Fast Jack BeckmanSurfingSkydivingAny movie, especially action or sci-fiBananasHanging out with 11-year-old Jacob Delling


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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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