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Second in points entering the season's penultimate event in Las Vegas, the driver of the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car is having as much fun away from the track as he is on it; he travels from race to race in his motorcoach with wife Jenna and 17-month-old son Jason Russell.

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                                                                                          TPOWERade Funny Car worldhalf the fun, eventthat’s certainly the driver of the
                                                                                                                           championship contender Jack Beckman. Second
                                                                                          in points entering the season’s penultimate      in Las Vegas,
                                                                                           Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car is having as
                                                                                           much fun away from the track as he is on it; he travels from race to race in his
                                                                                           motorcoach with wife Jenna and 17-month-old son Jason Russell. An avid
                                                                                           history buff, Beckman has made it his goal to visit every state capitol — he has
                                                                                            checked off 20 so far — and other historic points of interest.
                                                                                                 “It’s been interesting,” said Beckman. “I have always had either a daily job or,
                                                                                            like last year, when I drove full time, I also worked teaching classes at Frank Haw-
                                                                                             ley’s NHRA Drag Racing School. This is the first time in my adult life that I’ve had
                                                                                             time off of work where I wasn’t doing something with the race cars.
                                                                                                  “Somebody asked me whether it is tougher having a couple of weeks off or
                                                                                              if I like it more, and my response was, it just depends on how you deal with it.
                                                                                              It is what it is. We just have to deal with it, and I’m choosing to enjoy it.”
                                                                                                   The following were taken from Beckman’s blog on NHRA.com:

                                                                       “I had never ventured into historic Philadelphia, and it was
                                                                       well worth the trip. Just a couple of blocks from
                                                                       Independence Hall is the house where Thomas Jefferson
                                                                       authored the Declaration of Independence. Independence
                                                                       Hall is technically called the Pennsylvania Statehouse
                                                                       [because] that was its moniker when our nation’s most
                                                                       famous document recei
								
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