Columbus: Post-race notes

POST RACE NOTES: 41st annual Pontiac Performance NHRA Nationals May 19-22, National Trail Raceway, Hebron, Ohio TOP FUEL * Tony Schumacher, of Long Grove, Ill., set the national record for speed...

POST RACE NOTES:
41st annual Pontiac Performance NHRA Nationals
May 19-22, National Trail Raceway, Hebron, Ohio

TOP FUEL

* Tony Schumacher, of Long Grove, Ill., set the national record for speed en route to his third victory of the season and the 24th of his career. It was his second win at National Trail Raceway.

* Schumacher blasted his U.S. Army dragster down the quarter-mile in 4.489 seconds at 336.15 mph in the final round to defeat Doug Kalitta, who powered his Mac Tools dragster to a 4.513 finish at 324.90.

* Kalitta maintained the series point lead, 43 ahead of Schumacher.

* Larry Dixon qualified No. 1 for the first time this season in his Miller Light dragster, but exited after a first-round loss to Doug Herbert. It was Dixon's 24th No. 1 effort in his career.

* Kalitta's crew earned the Full Throttle Pit Crew Championship award.

FUNNY CAR

* John Force, of Yorba Linda, Calif., earned his 117th career win and his third of the season with a 4.776 effort at 324.51 in his Castrol GTX Start Up Ford Mustang. It was his fourth win at Columbus.

* The 13-time and defending Funny Car world champion held off the quicker Mopar/Oakley Dodge of Gary Scelzi with a better reaction time. Scelzi clocked a 4.764 at 326.79 in the final round.

* A two-hour rain delay helped Force claim the victory, his fourth at Columbus, after one of his chutes failed to open in the semifinals, landing him in the sand at the top end of the track. With the weather delay, his team was given more time to repair the car.

* With the win, Force retained his lead in the point standings, while Scelzi moved to second.

* Scelzi set the track speed record at 327.11 mph, while Whit Bazemore set the track E.T. record at 4.762 in his Matco Tools Dodge Stratus R/T.

* Bazemore claimed his 29th No. 1 qualifying effort -- the first of the season and second at Columbus.

* Robert Hight's Auto Club of Southern California Ford Mustang crew earned the Full Throttle Pit Crew Championship award.

PRO STOCK

* Two-time and defending Pro Stock world champion Greg Anderson, of Charlotte, N.C., defeated Kurt Johnson for his second consecutive win and the 33rd of his career. It was his fourth straight Columbus victory.

* Anderson drove his Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac to a 6.737 finish at 204.35 to top Johnson's 6.787 (204.20) performance in his ACDelco Chevrolet Cobalt.

* Warren Johnson maintained his series points lead and Anderson moved to second with the win.

* Johnson set the track's E.T. and speed records at 6.723 and 205.13 to qualify No. 1 for the 13th time in his career.

* Mike Edwards claimed the Motel 6 Who Got the Light award after defeating Dave Connolly by a .0024-second margin in the quarterfinal round of eliminations.

* Edwards' Young Life Pontiac crew earned the Full Throttle Pit Crew Championship award.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE

* Ryan Schnitz, of Decatur, Ind., earned his first career victory in his first final-round appearance on his Muzzy Buell with a win over defending world champion Andrew Hines.

* Schnitz coasted to a 10.634 finish at 77.42 after Hines fouled at the start.

* Hines set both ends of the track performance record, posting a 7.066 at 194.52.

* G.T. Tonglet, who won in Atlanta, advanced to the semi-final round before losing to Hines.

* Tonglet retained the top spot in the point standings in front of Karen Stoffer and Hines.

* Tonglet earned his second career No. 1 qualifying position.

* Chris Rivas' Mohegan Sun Buell crew claimed the Full Throttle Pit Crew Championship award.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Kurt Johnson , Warren Johnson , John Force , Tony Schumacher , Gary Scelzi , Doug Kalitta , Greg Anderson , Karen Stoffer , Chris Rivas , Ryan Schnitz , Andrew Hines , Robert Hight , Dave Connolly , Mike Edwards