Fifth Annual NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals April 1-4, The Strip At Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas TOP FUEL * Tony Schumacher, from Long Grove, Ill., earned his third victory of the season and 14th of his career, defeating Larry Dixon in...
Fifth Annual NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals
April 1-4, The Strip At Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas
* Tony Schumacher, from Long Grove, Ill., earned his third victory of the season and 14th of his career, defeating Larry Dixon in a close final round. Schumacher powered his U.S. Army dragster to a winning run of 4.525 seconds at 331.53 mph, while Dixon's Miller Lite dragster trailed with a 4.571 at 323.97. It was Schumacher's first victory at The Strip at LVMS in three finals. It was the first final round appearance for Dixon since the CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals at Chicago last October.
* It is the ninth final round appearance (seven victories) for Schumacher since his team hired crew chief Alan Johnson last May, a span of 17 races.
* Scott Kalitta earned his first No. 1 qualifying award since 1999 (Dallas 2), the 19th of his career, when his Jessee James/Mac Tools dragster covered the distance in a track record time of 4.472 at 333.74.
* Doug Kalitta clocked the fastest speed in NHRA history in his Mac Tools dragster during qualifying, a 335.57 mph effort. He failed to back-up the speed within 1 percent as required by NHRA rules to certify the performance an NHRA national record. Kalitta holds the current national speed record in Top Fuel at 333.25.
* Schumacher's victory increased his NHRA POWERade Series points lead to 110 over Brandon Bernstein, who lost in the semifinals. The runner-up effort from Dixon moved the defending two-time champion from ninth to sixth overall in the points order.
* Phil Burkart Jr., from Yorkville, N.Y, drove his Checker Schuck's Kragen Chevrolet Monte Carlo to the winner's circle for his second career victory. It was the first NHRA Funny Car win for General Motors' Chevrolet Monte Carlo brand, which was introduced to competition this year at the season-opening Winternationals at Pomona, Calif. Burkart, who last won in 1999 at Columbus, Ohio, drove his CSK Monte Carlo to a winning run of 5.029 at 264.03 in the final, defeating Whit Bazemore's Matco Tools Dodge Stratus R/T, which posted a performance of 5.452 at 189.50. It was the third consecutive victory for the Checker Schuck's Kragen Funny Car team, as Del Worsham won at Phoenix and Gainesville, Fla.
* Tony Pedregon drove his Quaker State Chevy Camaro to the No. 1 qualifying position with a track record time of 4.747 at 321.88. It was Pedregon's 26th career No. 1 effort, his second at The Strip, and his first as a team owner.
* Gary Densham powered his Auto Club Ford Mustang to a track record speed of 327.27 mph during qualifying.
* Burkart's CSK teammate Worsham, who lost in the first round, held on to the NHRA POWERade Series points lead and is 71 ahead of John Force. With the victory, Burkart moved to fifth in the standings.
* Greg Anderson, from Charlotte, N.C., continued his domination in Pro Stock, driving his Vegas General Construction Pontiac Grand Am to his third victory of the season, and 19th of his career. Anderson posted a final round run of 6.849 at 201.31 to knock off rival Kurt Johnson, who posted a slower 6.908 at 200.08 in his ACDelco Chevy Cavalier.
* Anderson kept his No. 1 qualifying streak alive, earning his ninth consecutive top qualifying effort dating back to the CARQUEST Nationals at Chicago last season. The record for most consecutive No. 1 qualifying positions is 23, set by Bob Glidden from 1986-'88. The most consecutive No. 1 qualifying positions in one season is 14, also by Glidden (1987). Anderson claimed his fourth No. 1 of the season and 21st of his career with a track record performance of 6.812 at 202.03 in his Grand Am.
* Kurt Johnson earned $1,000 from Motel 6 for winning the Motel 6 'Who Got the Light' award. Johnson defeated Jeg Coughlin by .0158-second in the second round of Pro Stock to earn the award.
* Anderson holds a 92-point lead over Johnson in the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock points order.