Reading2: Post-race notes

TOP FUEL * Tony Schumacher, from Long Grove, Ill., drove the U.S. Army dragster to victory for the third time in the last four events, defeating Jim Head in the final round. Schumacher sped down the quarter-mile in 4.584 seconds at 315.56 mph to...

TOP FUEL

* Tony Schumacher, from Long Grove, Ill., drove the U.S. Army dragster to victory for the third time in the last four events, defeating Jim Head in the final round. Schumacher sped down the quarter-mile in 4.584 seconds at 315.56 mph to outrun Head, who clocked a slower pass of 4.603 at 322.65 in the Head Racing dragster. It was Schumacher's fourth victory of the season and the 11th of his career. It was Head's first final round appearance since his runner-up finish at Memphis, Tenn., in 1999.

* Schumacher earned his second No. 1 qualifying position of the season and the sixth of his career when he sped down the track in 4.465 at 328.78.

* Schumacher reset the national record for elapsed time when he recorded a pass of 4.441 seconds during his second round victory over Doug Herbert. His record-setting effort netted him 20 additional POWERade points, giving him 138 points for the event, the maximum number of points an NHRA professional competitor can earn at a single event. The record pass was the second-quickest pass in NHRA history. Schumacher also recorded the third-quickest pass in NHRA history with his 4.449 lap in his win over Clay Millican in the semifinals.

* Current NHRA POWERade points leader Larry Dixon increased his lead in the standings with his second round finish. Dixon now leads Doug Kalitta by 348 points with three events remaining in the 2003 season. Kalitta qualified No. 16 and lost in the first round to Schumacher. Dixon can clinch his second consecutive NHRA POWERade championship if he leads Kalitta by 277 points or more following the NHRA's next national event outside of Dallas.

FUNNY CAR

* Tim Wilkerson, from Springfield, Ill., scored his second victory of the season and the third of his career when he sped down the track in his Levi, Ray & Shoup Pontiac Firebird in 4.869 seconds at 317.94 mph, defeating Cruz Pedregon who lost traction in the Advance Auto Parts Pontiac Firebird and rolled to the finish line in 11.909 at 81.05. The victory moved Wilkerson from 10th in the POWERade standings to seventh.

* Gary Densham earned his third No. 1 qualifying position of the season and the sixth of his career behind the wheel of the Auto Club of Southern California Ford Mustang. Densham covered the distance in 4.749 at 327.27 to set the pace for the 16-car field.

* Whit Bazemore, currently second in the POWERade standings, failed to qualify for eliminations for the first time this season. Current points leader Tony Pedregon qualified in the No. 4 spot, but lost in the first round to Dale Creasy Jr., increasing his lead in the standings to 94 points over Bazemore.

* Notable DNQ's: Bazemore, Scotty Cannon and Bob Gilbertson.

PRO STOCK

* Warren Johnson, from Buford, Ga., earned his fourth victory of the season and the 92nd of his career in his GM Performance Pontiac Grand Am when final round opponent Troy Coughlin left the starting line early in his Jeg's Mail Order Chevy Cavalier.

* Greg Anderson raced to his category leading 11th top qualifying position of the season when he drove his Vegas General Construction Pontiac Grand Am to an elapsed time of 6.743 at 204.39 to lead the Pro Stock field.

* Anderson established track records for elapsed time (6.707) and speed (205.79) during the first two rounds of eliminations.

* Coughlin earned a $1,000 bonus by winning the Motel 6 'Who Got The Light' award when he edged Anderson by 0.0072 of-a-second margin of victory in the semifinal round of Pro Stock eliminations.

* Anderson extended his lead over Kurt Johnson to 354 points with three events remaining. Kurt Johnson failed to qualify for eliminations for the first time this season. Anderson can clinch his first NHRA POWERade championship if he leads Johnson by 277 points or more following the NHRA's next national event outside of Dallas.

* Only two drivers, Anderson and Jeg Coughlin, have qualified for every event this season.

PRO STOCK BIKE

* Michael Phillips, from Baton Rouge, La., earned his first victory since 1995 and the second of his career, riding his Calmes Motorsports Suzuki to finish line in 7.133 seconds at 189.07 mph, ahead of three-time series champion Angelle Savoie, who shut the clocks off in 7.165 at 188.07 atop her U.S. Army Suzuki. Phillips is the third African-American to win the Pro Stock Bike category in the last four races.

* Fred Collis, from Americus, Ga., rode his Area 51 Motorsports Suzuki to the No. 1 qualifying position for the second time in his career, both coming this season. Collis covered the track in 7.117 at 186.79 to lead all competitors in the two-wheel category during qualifying.

* Savoie established a track record for elapsed time at 7.056 in her semifinal victory over Geno Scali.

* Savoie and Scali made the quickest side-by-side Pro Stock Bike race in NHRA history during the semifinals. Savoie clocked a 7.056 pass while the losing Scali recorded a time of 7.111 to set the mark.

* MISCELLANEOUS

* The Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals was originally scheduled for Sept. 11-14, but was postponed due to heavy rain and completed Oct. 3-5.

-30-

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NHRA
Drivers Clay Millican , Jeg Coughlin , Troy Coughlin , Larry Dixon , Kurt Johnson , Warren Johnson , Bob Gilbertson , Tony Pedregon , Whit Bazemore , Tony Schumacher , Doug Kalitta , Greg Anderson , Dale Creasy Jr. , Gary Densham , Scotty Cannon , Cruz Pedregon , Geno Scali , Tim Wilkerson , Fred Collis , Michael Phillips