NHRA Series Topeka Saturday Qualifying Report

Heartland Park Topeka

Schumacher Extends Record For TF No. 1 Qualifiers
Beckman and Edwards round out No. 1 qualifiers at NHRA Summer Nationals

TOPEKA, Kan. – Tony Schumacher extended his NHRA record for Top Fuel No. 1 qualifiers to 64 when he paced the field Saturday at the 23rd annual NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.

The other No. 1 qualifiers at the seventh of 22 races in the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season were Jack Beckman (Funny Car) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock).

Schumacher, who also pulled to within two of NHRA Legend Kenny Bernstein for fifth place on NHRA’s all-time No. 1 qualifier’s list (all classes), set the pace (3.798 at a track record 324.12 mph) in the U.S. Army dragster on Friday and it held up Saturday.

Tony Schumacher aboard his DSR US Army Top Fuel Dragster
Tony Schumacher aboard his DSR US Army Top Fuel Dragster

Photo by: Ted Rossino

“Just a few years ago, my crew chief Alan (Johnson) left and everyone in this room wrote me off. I was told ‘we’re never going to win, much less win a championship’,” Schumacher said. “Qualifying No. 1 means my guy (Mike Green) did better than his guy at this particular moment, at this race.” Beckman, who’s currently second behind Mike Neff in the Funny Car standings, also set the pace during Friday night’s optimal conditions with track records for both time and speed (4.054 at 313.66) in his Aaron’s Dodge Charger.

“This is typical Summer schedule night session where you get one run that is not at all representative of Sunday,” Beckman said. “It’s still awesome to have bragging rights to do that and the fact that we get more points certainly doesn’t hurt.”

The reward for Beckman, as he seeks to win his second straight race and third overall this season, is a difficult first-round matchup with sixth-place Jeff Arend and the DHL team.

“I leaned in his car before he made (his final qualifying) run and I said you need to get your you-know-what together so we don’t race first round … he didn’t listen. That’s not our fault,” Beckman joked.

Nothing changed in Pro Stock either as Edwards, from nearby Broken Arrow, Okla., earned his third straight No. 1 at Heartland Park Topeka with a Friday night pass of 6.640-second pass at 207.05 mph in his Penhall/Interstate Batteries Pontiac.

“It’s still awesome to have bragging rights ...

Jack Beckman

“We didn’t make as good of a run (Saturday) … conditions changed (and Sunday)’s going to be event hotter,” Edwards said. “(Sunday) is going to be even more challenging. It’s going to be whoever can adapt to that starting line. You know, it always comes down to who can leave first.” Final eliminations at the 23rd annual NHRA Summer Nationals begin at 11 a.m. Sunday.

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TOPEKA, Kan. -- Sunday's first-round pairings for professional eliminations for the 23rd annual Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka, the seventh of 22 events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday. DNQs listed below pairings.

Top Fuel -- 1. Tony Schumacher, 3.798 seconds, 324.12 mph vs. 16. David Grubnic, 7.313, 296.70; 2. Del Worsham, 3.815, 318.62 vs. 15. Steven Chrisman, 6.565, 111.76; 3. Larry Dixon, 3.817, 320.43 vs. 14. Terry Sainty, 4.142, 284.15; 4. Spencer Massey, 3.829, 321.65 vs. 13. Luigi Novelli, 3.946, 298.21; 5. Shawn Langdon, 3.840, 315.49 vs. 12. Terry McMillen, 3.924, 310.41; 6. Doug Kalitta, 3.841, 320.36 vs. 11. Morgan Lucas, 3.908, 308.21; 7. Brandon Bernstein, 3.841, 316.08 vs. 10. Bob Vandergriff, 3.889, 310.13; 8. Cory McClenathan, 3.855, 317.87 vs. 9. Antron Brown, 3.857, 319.22.

(Sunday) is going to be even more challenging.

Mike Edwards

Funny Car -- 1. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 4.054, 313.66 vs. 16. Jeff Arend, Toyota Solara, 6.283, 305.42; 2. Johnny Gray, Charger, 4.058, 307.23 vs. 15. Paul Lee, Chevy Impala SS, 4.421, 294.18; 3. Robert Hight, Ford Mustang, 4.067, 312.21 vs. 14. Dale Creasy Jr., Impala SS, 4.411, 276.29; 4. Mike Neff, Mustang, 4.070, 310.98 vs. 13. Tony Pedregon, Impala SS, 4.201, 298.93; 5. Cruz Pedregon, Solara, 4.072, 310.20 vs. 12. Melanie Troxel, Solara, 4.133, 304.74; 6. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.081, 305.36 vs. 11. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.102, 306.95; 7. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.090, 296.83 vs. 10. Bob Tasca III, Mustang, 4.100, 308.64; 8. Jim Head, Solara, 4.093, 306.60 vs. 9. John Force, Mustang, 4.095, 310.41.

Pro Stock -- 1. Mike Edwards, Pontiac GXP, 6.640, 207.05 vs. 16. Richard Freeman, GXP, 6.706, 205.13; 2. Jason Line, GXP, 6.648, 206.76 vs. 15. Kurt Johnson, GXP, 6.705, 205.29; 3. Allen Johnson, Dodge Avenger, 6.650, 207.24 vs. 14. Larry Morgan, Ford Mustang, 6.692, 205.91; 4. Rodger Brogdon, GXP, 6.651, 206.67 vs. 13. Warren Johnson, Chevy Cobalt, 6.688, 206.32; 5. Ron Krisher, GXP, 6.658, 206.86 vs. 12. V. Gaines, Avenger, 6.687, 205.69; 6. Ronnie Humphrey, GXP, 6.658, 206.48 vs. 11. Greg Anderson, GXP, 6.687, 205.98; 7. Shane Gray, GXP, 6.674, 206.07 vs. 10. Erica Enders, Cobalt, 6.685, 206.83; 8. Greg Stanfield, GXP, 6.676, 205.76 vs. 9. Vincent Nobile, Avenger, 6.680, 206.42. Did Not Qualify: 17. Jim Yates, 6.733, 204.70; 18. Bob Yonke, 6.744, 203.71; 19. Dave River, 6.996, 198.90; 20. Mark Hogan, 7.159, 201.40; 21. Steve Kalkowski, broke.

-source: nhra

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jim Head , Antron Brown , Larry Dixon , Kenny Bernstein , Kurt Johnson , Warren Johnson , Tony Pedregon , Del Worsham , Ron Capps , John Force , Tony Schumacher , Doug Kalitta , Greg Anderson , Ron Krisher , Larry Morgan , Dale Creasy Jr. , David Grubnic , Cruz Pedregon , Cory McClenathan , Greg Stanfield , Tim Wilkerson , Jack Beckman , Melanie Troxel , Brandon Bernstein , Paul Lee , Allen Johnson , Johnny Gray , Luigi Novelli , Morgan Lucas , Bob Yonke , Jason Line , Rodger Brogdon , Jeff Arend , Ronnie Humphrey , Bob Vandergriff , Steven Chrisman , Robert Hight , Matt Hagan , Bob Tasca III , Mike Edwards , Steve Kalkowski , Shane Gray , Shawn Langdon , Vincent Nobile , Richard Freeman , Mike Neff , Spencer Massey , Terry Sainty , Terry McMillen
Tags funny car, jack beckman, mike edwards, pro stock, summer nationals, tony schmuacher, top fuel