Post Race Notes: 20th Annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Oct. 8-10, Maple Grove Raceway, Mohnton, Pa. TOP FUEL * Tony Schumacher, from Long Grove, Ill., won his ninth event of the year, tying the NHRA record for most Top Fuel victories...
Post Race Notes:
20th Annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals
Oct. 8-10, Maple Grove Raceway, Mohnton, Pa.
* Tony Schumacher, from Long Grove, Ill., won his ninth event of the year, tying the NHRA record for most Top Fuel victories in one season (Gary Scelzi, 2000; Larry Dixon, 2002). Schumacher's 20th career win was earned when he powered his U.S. Army dragster to the finish line in 4.475-seconds at 329.99 mph to outrun Bob Vandergriff's Hedman Hedders dragster, which lost traction and slowed to a pass of 8.206 at 99.48.
* Schumacher, who has led the POWERade point standings following 19 of 21 events this season, clinched his second career NHRA POWERade Top Fuel championship following the second round of eliminations. In the third of four elimination races in the second round, Doug Kalitta (No. 2 in the point standings) lost to Rhonda Hartman-Smith and Schumacher, who ran behind Kalitta in the fourth and final pair, then defeated Brandon Bernstein (No. 3) to mathematically eliminate all other competitors.
* Doug Kalitta was the No. 1 qualifier for the sixth time this season and 22nd of his career when his Mac Tools dragster covered the distance in 4.460 at 326.95. Kalitta's time was the eighth quickest Top Fuel run in NHRA history.
* Kalitta also clinched the No. 1 spot in the $100,000 Budweiser Shootout, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 30, at the ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
* Gary Scelzi, from Fresno, Calif., scored his second victory of the season behind the wheel of his Hemi-powered Oakley Dodge Stratus. Scelzi's 28th career victory and third in Funny Car was earned with a 4.853 at 308.28, easily outrunning John Force's Castrol GTX Start Up Ford Mustang, which lost traction and coasted to the finish line in 11.507 at 86.39. Despite the win, Scelzi was mathematically eliminated from contention for the POWERade Funny Car championship due to Force reaching the final.
* Eric Medlen earned the second No. 1 qualifying award of his rookie season when he blasted down the track in 4.741 at 324.12 in his Castrol Syntec Ford Mustang to pace the 16-car field.
* Both of Scelzi's victories this season (St. Louis) were earned by defeating Force, the current POWERade point standings leader and 12-time NHRA champion.
* With two races remaining on the 2004 schedule, Force can clinch his 13th career NHRA POWERade Funny Car championship by qualifying at the next event (Las Vegas). Force has a 260-point lead over Del Worsham. There is a maximum of 138 points available at an NHRA national event, including the 20 bonus points awarded for establishing a national record for E.T.
* Rookie sensation Jason Line collected his fourth victory of the 2004 campaign by defeating teammate Greg Anderson in the final round. Line powered the KB Framers Pontiac Grand Am to a track record time of 6.669 at 206.23, while Anderson clocked a 6.681 at a track record speed of 206.67 mph in his Summit Racing Pontiac Grand Am. Of his four career victories, two (Chicago 1) have come against Anderson. This was the quickest side-by-side Pro Stock race in NHRA history.
* Anderson, who has already clinched the POWERade Pro Stock championship, tied a Pro Stock record for No. 1 qualifying positions in a season (Warren Johnson, 1999) when he secured his 15th top qualifying spot of the year. Anderson's Grand Am sped down the quarter-mile in 6.693 seconds at 205.57 for his 30th career No. 1 effort.
* V Gaines, from Lakewood, Colo., earned a $1,000 bonus for earning the Motel 6 'Who Got the Light' award when he defeated Ron Krisher by 0.0007 of-a-second margin of victory in the first round of Pro Stock eliminations.
PRO STOCK BIKE
* Angelle Savoie, from New Orleans, rider of the U.S. Army Suzuki, earned her 34th career victory and third of the season with a track record time of 7.018 at 191.29 in her final round matchup against teammate Antron Brown, who was impressive in a losing effort with his U.S. Suzuki recording a pass of 7.047 at 184.35. The final round was the quickest side-by-side Pro Stock Bike race in NHRA history.
* Brown, from Indianapolis, took home the No. 1 qualifying award with a 7.057 at 187.57 atop his U.S. Army Suzuki.
* Savoie's 34 victories moves her past the late John Myers for second all time in the two-wheel category.