Jack Beckman has walked a rough road

Drag racer, who has overcome cancer, is on the verge of his first Funny Car title

Updated: November 10, 2011, 9:31 PM ET
By Tim Haddock | Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com

When Jack Beckman was racing toward his first NHRA championship in the Super Comp division, he was diagnosed with lymphoma. There were times he said he thought he was going to die.

In the seven years since being diagnosed, he has become a husband, father, cancer survivor and, by the end of the weekend at the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, he could be an NHRA Funny Car champion for the first time.

Instead of taking his lymphoma diagnosis as a death sentence, he fought it head on. ...

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