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Beckman secures Countdown spot with special win at Maple Grove

Jack Beckman earned the victory in Pennsylvania only a week after blowing the final in Minnesota. It was a special win against a special opponent -- Frank Hawley -- to secure a spot in the Countdown, writes Bill Stephens.

Updated: August 18, 2008, 5:46 PM ET
By Bill Stephens | Special to ESPN.com

If hard work and determination are the two raw materials with which any individual can build their success, Jack Beckman is a man who exemplifies that principle.

His contagious and infectious "can-do" attitude has served him well throughout his professional Funny Car career, which followed his 2003 sportsman world championship in the Super Comp class.

How Beckman, 42, has always raced is a direct reflection of how he has always tackled life, and his victory ...

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