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Today Beck returned to his first love, the mechanical end of things, by working with the McGee brothers' Quad- Cam engine program, and he drove at occasional races; the last race Beck was a substitute, for an injured Rance McDaniel in the Peek brother's Top Fuel car, was Topeka in 1994. In addition to starting a small street rod collection, he has stayed involved in drag racing by working with racing teams in the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series and has helped the careers of his son, Randy, in Super Comp and his niece, Cami, in Jr.
Where AreGary Beck y Now? They a Top Fuel team. The car was later sold with Minor and Fedderly, as Car Craft to the team of Don Sorenson and Graham Magazine’s Co-Person of the Year. Light, now NHRA’s senior vice president He continued to set a torrid pace in of racing operations, after Beck ended his 1984 with three wins and three runner- partnership with Markley and moved to ups to finish second behind Joe Amato in Edmonton, Alta., then a hotbed of Top the points standings. Beck had two more Fuel racing. “There must have been seven top 10 seasons in 1985 and 1986 before or eight Top Fuel teams in Edmonton at parting ways with Minor before the end the time,” said Beck. of the latter campaign, after which he After joining the local Capitol City Hot retired from full-time driving. Rod Club, Beck hooked up with racer Gary Beck’s amazing victory at the 1972 Ken McLean and backer Bob Lawrence to run the Joker AA/FD that they had U.S. Nationals was capped by a 6.11 win over a tire-smoking Jerry Ruth in the final. Today just purchased from the Norton, Kalivoda & Hamlin team. Beck, now a full-time racer, returned to his crew-chief role at His previous victims in the 32-car program included Bob Fritchey, Randy Allison, Chuck Kurzawa, and Herm Petersen. B eck returned to his first love, the mechanical end of things, by working with the McGee brothers’ Quad- first but took over the driving chores after Cam engine program, and he drove at McLean retired in mid-1972. he claimed that he put himself in that occasional races; the last race Beck was Now driving a rear-engine Woody position in the field so that he could a substitute, for an injured Rance Gilmore car with a 354-cid Chrysler, Beck knock me out early.” McDaniel in the Peek brother’s Top Fuel Yesterday made his first Top Fuel appearance at an NHRA Division 6 race in Seattle, then But Beck, who had qualified No. 1, defeated Garlits in that first round and car, was Topeka in 1994. Beck made his living building homes in Southern M any drivers have been successful campaigning in Top Fuel, but few ever reach the heights that Gary Beck did showed up at the 1972 U.S. Nationals, where he shocked everyone by winning the 32-car field with a victory over Jerry went on to not only win his second straight California and just recently retired in Indy title but also record the first five-second run 2007. In addition to starting a small street during his stint from 1972 to 1986. Beck Ruth in the final. in U.S. Nationals history rod collection, he has not only won the 1972 U.S. Nationals in The Indy win proved to be a pivotal with a new national stayed involved in drag his first Top Fuel national event moment in Beck’s career because it helped record of 5.96. “It’s hard racing by working with appearance, but he was also the first racer him gain the backing of Ray Peets, owner to say which was the racing teams in the to break the Top Fuel run barriers in the of the Reliable Engine Services
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