Gainesville: Post-race notes

Post Race Notes: @35th Annual Mac Tools Nhra Gatornationals @March 18-21, 2004, Gainesville Raceway, Gainesville, Fla. TOP FUEL * Tony Schumacher, from Long Grove, Ill., won his second event of the 2004 season by defeating Darrell Russell in...

Post Race Notes: @35th Annual Mac Tools Nhra Gatornationals @March 18-21, 2004, Gainesville Raceway, Gainesville, Fla.

TOP FUEL

* Tony Schumacher, from Long Grove, Ill., won his second event of the 2004 season by defeating Darrell Russell in the final round. Schumacher powered his U.S. Army dragster to the finish line in 4.612-seconds at 312.60 mph to outrun Russell's Keystone-DeeZee dragster, which recorded a performance of 4.981 at 271.98. It was the 13th career victory for Schumacher and his first at Gainesville.

* With the victory, Schumacher remained No. 1 in the Top Fuel point standings, 76 points ahead of second-place Doug Kalitta.

* For the second consecutive race David Grubnic was the No. 1 qualifier. He drove his Kalitta Air dragster to a 4.593 run at 311.74 to pace the 16-car field. It is the third top qualifying position of his career.

* Doug Kalitta earned a $1,000 bonus by earning the Motel 6 'Who Got the Light' award when he defeated Dixon by 0.0016 of-a-second margin of victory in the first round of Top Fuel eliminations.

FUNNY CAR

* Del Worsham, from Chino Hills, Calif., earned his second consecutive win of the year in his Checker Schuck's Kragen Pontiac Firebird. Worsham's 16th career victory came when he covered the quarter-mile in 4.979 at 296.05, beating John Force's run of 4.977 at 304.36 in his Castrol GTX High-Mileage Ford Mustang.

* With the victory, Worsham maintained his No. 1 spot in the POWERade Funny Car point standings.

* Tim Wilkerson earned the No. 1 qualifying position for the seventh time in his career. He drove his Levi, Ray & Shoup Chevy Monte Carlo to a run of 4.906 at 300.00 to take the top spot. It was the first No. 1 qualifying position for the new Monte Carlo body.

PRO STOCK

* Greg Anderson, from Charlotte, N.C., scored his second win of the season and 18th of his career. Anderson beat Jeg Coughlin in the final round. Anderson went 6.742 at 204.91 in his Vegas General Construction Pontiac Grand Am to beat Coughlin's 6.790 at 204.08 in the Jeg's Mail Order Chevy Cavalier.

* Anderson earned the No. 1 qualifying position for the third time this season and 20th time of his career. He drove his Grand Am to a track record time of 6.763 at 204.22 for the No. 1 spot.

* Anderson has been the No. 1 qualifier at all three NHRA POWERade events so far this season. He has earned the last eight consecutive top qualifying positions dating back to the CARQUEST NHRA Nationals at Joliet, Ill. in Sept. 2003. The record for most consecutive Pro Stock top qualifying positions is 23, held by Bob Glidden (1986-'88).

* Kurt Johnson recorded the track record for speed during qualifying. He went 204.96 and was seventh in the final qualifying order.

* Anderson increased his lead in the POWERade standings with the victory. He leads Johnson by 70 points, and he has a 113-point lead over his former employer, Warren Johnson.

* Notable DNQ's: Troy Coughlin, David Connolly, V Gaines and Allen Johnson.

PRO STOCK BIKE

* Andrew Hines, from Indianapolis, scored his first career victory and gave Harley-Davidson its first victory in the history of the NHRA. Hines beat teammate and fellow Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson rider GT Tonglet in the final of the two-wheel category. Hines rode his Harley to a run of 7.076 at 189.83 to beat Tonglet's 7.161 at 182.96.

* Hines also was the top qualifier for the first time in his career. He crossed the finish line in a track record time. of 7.097 at 189.43 to pace the 16-bike field.

* The Gatornationals was the first of 15 national events for the Pro Stock Bike category.

* Three-time defending Pro Stock Bike champion Angelle Savoie qualified in the No. 13 spot. It was first time in her career that she has qualified in the bottom half of the field and just the 13th time she has qualified outside of the top four spots.

* The win puts Hines at the top of the Pro Stock Bike standings, leading Tonglet and defending champion Geno Scali who are in the second and third positions, respectively.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Troy Coughlin , Kurt Johnson , Warren Johnson , Del Worsham , John Force , Tony Schumacher , Doug Kalitta , Greg Anderson , David Grubnic , Bob Glidden , Geno Scali , Tim Wilkerson , David Connolly , Andrew Hines , GT Tonglet