A long weekend of a double-race ended up with a runner-up finish at the Sacramento Raceway Night of Fire. Going rounds and racking up points in the NHRA Heritage Series, Doc sits in 4th place in the total points standing, still with a strong chance to win the championship.
The weekend began with the first qualifier late Friday night. The run was a little too quick for the field running an 8.549 on an 8.60 dial-in. Once the Saturday sun came up the heat was on as it was triple digit weather the next two days. This time Doc piloted the ride to a 8.646 seconds putting him in the 3rd spot. After two rounds of Saturday night racing Doc was out in the quarter finals.
Sunday saw a new day of racing and a new day to finish strong. With only 1 qualifying run Beebe again slowed the car down to get into the correct side of the ladder running an 8.74.
The day saw Doc go four rounds into the final. Round 1 Doc got the easy win with an opponent red light. Taking it through the lights, Doc still ran an 8.64. Second Round was another easy win as the left lane put on the red light and Doc carried it out to a nice 8.60. Being on the correct side of the ladder offered Doc a bye run into the final. Needing only to take the green, Doc pushed the limit with nothing to lose and ran a fast 8.54. The final round was a nail-biter against rival Robert Johnson, winner of the last two ANRA races in a row. Doc took the hole-shot by .050 but could not get to the stripe in time as the 104 degree weather contributed to massive tire spin at the hit. Doc ended up runner-up running only an 8.69 to Johnson's 8.601.
Porterville, CA (February 21st) - The MB Racing Team and 360 Wraps, one of the nation's best wrap companies, announced the design for a tribute to legendary tuner Tim Beebe and the late, great, John Mulligan for the current 2018 racing season. The design of the car mimics the 1968 Top Fuel dragster that terrorized tracks and set E.T. and M.P.H. records accross the nation.
In the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series, the car will be debuted at the 60th Annual March Meet in Bakersfield. This partnership means that Doc Beebe will be able to display the tribute car throughout the Western United States at various race tracks and events. The team at 360 Wraps were more than supportive when asked to design a special part of drag racing history. Both hall of famers, Tim Beebe and John Mulligan did great things in the sport of drag racing that has allowed Doc Beebe the opportunities he has in racing today.
It was a special moment for the unvieling of the design after a lot of hard work and effort were put forth. "I was very excited to create this partnership with this awesome team at 360 Wraps," said Beebe. "It was a shock and awe experience when I laid eyes on the finished project. It left me speechless. I will definitely work extra hard this year to pay back those that have supported this effort."