Seattle: Post-race notes

TOP FUEL * Tony Schumacher, from Mt. Prospect, Ill., drove the U.S. Army dragster to the winner's circle for a category-leading fifth time this season, recording a 4.643 second pass at 320.28 mph for the win over Ennis, Mont.'s David ...

TOP FUEL

* Tony Schumacher, from Mt. Prospect, Ill., drove the U.S. Army dragster to the winner's circle for a category-leading fifth time this season, recording a 4.643 second pass at 320.28 mph for the win over Ennis, Mont.'s David Grubnic. The Kalitta Air dragster driven by Grubnic covered the distance in 4.690 at 300.20 in a losing effort. Grubnic is still seeking his first career victory but his two final round appearances in 2004 have doubled his career total.

* Schumacher also was the No. 1 qualifier of the event for the second time this season and for the 11th time in his career. Schumacher's U. S. Army dragster earned the top spot by posting a qualifying run of 4.631 at 319.90.

* Schumacher took advantage of first round losses by the No. 2 and No. 3. drivers in the POWERade point standings, increasing his lead to 110 points over the second place Doug Kalitta and to 136 points over Brandon Bernstein.

* The three dragsters that make up Kalitta Racing currently occupy the No. 2 (D. Kalitta), No. 4 (Scott Kalitta) and the No. 5 (Grubnic) spots in the POWERade Top Fuel point standings. Collectively they have three victories in eight final round appearances this season.

FUNNY CAR

* John Force, from Yorba Linda, Calif., earned his 112th career victory and his third this season when he sped down the quarter-mile in his Castrol GTX Start Up Ford Mustang in 4.896 at 309.34, outrunning Cruz Pedregon's Advance Auto Parts Chevy Monte Carlo, which lost traction and rolled to the finish line in 5.633 at 194.91. It was Pedregon's second consecutive runner-up finish in as many weeks and Force's third final round appearance in the last four events.

* Force notched the No.1 qualifying position for the second time this season and for the 119th time of his career. His Ford Mustang shut the clocks off in 4.923 at 306.67 to lead the 16-car order.

* Force increased his lead in the POWERade standings to a margin of 93 points over second-place Del Worsham, with Whit Bazemore holding down the third spot, 102 points behind Force.

* Notable DNQ: Jerry Toliver, winner of the 2004 season-opener at Pomona, Calif., posted his second consecutive DNQ and his third overall this season.

* Eric Medlen earned a $1,000 bonus by winning the Motel 6 'Who Got the Light' award when he defeated Tony Pedregon by 0.0012 of-a-second margin of victory in the first round of eliminations.

PRO STOCK

* Greg Anderson from Charlotte, N.C., moved one step closer to becoming the fifth driver to win all three races on the Western Swing (Denver, Seattle, and Sonoma, Calif.) and securing his second NHRA POWERade Pro Stock championship. Anderson's Summit Racing Pontiac Grand Am posted a final round pass of 6.741 at 205.51 to outrun the up-and-coming David Connolly, who made it down the track in 6.807 at 203.49 behind the wheel of his Bullet Motorsports Chevy Cavalier. It was Anderson's 11th victory in 14 races this season, one shy of the Pro Stock single-season victory mark he set last year and two shy of the NHRA record of 13 set by Funny Car driver John Force in 1996 (with a 19-race schedule).

* Dating back to the 2003 season-opener at Pomona, Calif., Anderson has 27 final round appearances in 37 races, winning 23 times. Five other drivers have combined for the remaining 10 victories. During the 37-race span, Anderson has compiled a 116-14 won-loss record in elimination rounds for a .892 winning percentage.

* Anderson established the Pro Stock track record at Pacific Raceways for time (6.699) and speed (206.10). His E.T. mark is the fifth ever Pro Stock pass under 6.70 seconds and Anderson had recorded all five of those times. Out of 28 potential track records to be established at the 14 races this season, Anderson has set 14.

* Steve Johns took the No. 1 qualifying position for the second time this season and for the fourth time in his career when he drove the SportLite Chevy Cavalier down the track in 6.762 at 205.29.

* The father-and-son duo of Warren and Kurt Johnson were both eliminated in the first round of eliminations, the first time since Indianapolis 2002 that they were both defeated in the opening round.

* Rookie sensation Jason Line increased his chances to win the 2004 Auto Club Road to the Future award which is given annually to the NHRA's top rookie. Line, already with two victories and a No. 1 qualifying spot, moved ahead of K. Johnson in the POWERade Pro Stock point standings. The last time Pro Stock teammates finished in the top two spots in the final standings was 1993 when W. Johnson finished ahead of K. Johnson to earn one of his six career championships.

* Notable DNQ's: Ron Krisher, Jim Yates and Troy Coughlin.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Troy Coughlin , Kurt Johnson , Tony Pedregon , Del Worsham , Whit Bazemore , John Force , Tony Schumacher , Doug Kalitta , Greg Anderson , Ron Krisher , David Grubnic , Scott Kalitta , Brandon Bernstein , Jason Line , David Connolly , Jerry Toliver , Eric Medlen , Steve J