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MOHNTON, Pa. - Tony Schumacher led Top Fuel qualifying Friday at the 16th annual Keystone Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway. John Force, Darrell Alderman and Matt Hines also led their respective categories at the $1.9 million race, the 18th...

MOHNTON, Pa. - Tony Schumacher led Top Fuel qualifying Friday at the 16th annual Keystone Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway. John Force, Darrell Alderman and Matt Hines also led their respective categories at the $1.9 million race, the 18th of 23 races in the $45 million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. Lake Forest, Ill.'s Schumacher established a track record for speed when he covered the quarter-mile in 4.535 seconds at 324.67 mph in the U.S. Army dragster to lead the pack after the first day of professional action. Schumacher's elapsed time is the quickest of the season and the lowest since the NHRA implemented the 90 percent nitro-methane rule. "That pass was awesome, outstanding," said Schumacher. "I have (crew chief Dan) Olson and now I have the Army, so watch it. We haven't even seen all their technology yet. When we start using some of their stuff, I'm not sure I am going to want to get in the car. I will be driving with my eyes close. "When the NHRA started the new 90 percent rule, we wondered if we were going to like it. It is proving to be one heck of a rule. (The rule) is saving parts, saving racecars and saving drivers. You don't even know." Force, from Yorba Linda, Calif. powered his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang to the top of the Funny Car order and set track records for time and speed with his pass of 4.865 at 312.50. "We saw some cars getting loose in front of us so (crew chief Austin) Coil tamed her down a little bit," said Force. "I have to tell you that I'm pretty impressed myself. I'm actually flabbergasted and I don't know what to say. Alderman, from Morehead, Ky., paced the Pro Stock field with his pass of 6.874 at 198.55 in his Team Mopar Dodge Avenger. Hines of Trinidad, Colo., used a run of 7.195 at 185.54 atop his Eagle One Suzuki to lead all competitors in the two-wheel category. Professional qualifying continues tomorrow at 11:15 a.m.

MOHNTON, Pa. - Friday's qualifying results for the 16th annual Keystone Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, the 18th of 23 events in the $45-million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series.

TOP FUEL

1. Tony Schumacher, 4.535 seconds, 324.67 mph; 2. Gary Scelzi, 4.554, 321.27; 3. Joe Amato, 4.608, 313.95; 4. Andrew Cowin, 4.610, 317.87; 5. Doug Herbert, 4.613, 316.97; 6. Kenny Bernstein, 4.614, 317.64; 7. Larry Dixon, 4.632, 316.67; 8. Doug Kalitta, 4.641, 291.38; 9. Cory McClenathan, 4.680, 312.93; 10. David Grubnic, 4.684, 311.41; 11. Bob Vandergriff, 4.740, 298.60; 12. Rhonda Hartman-Smith, 4.753, 283.97; 13. Luigi Novelli, 4.815, 291.01; 14. Bobby Lagana, 5.451, 217.18; 15. Don Lampus, 5.817, 148.12; 16. Melanie Troxel, 13.296, 78.67.

FUNNY CAR

1. John Force, Ford Mustang, 4.865, 312.50; 2. Frank Pedregon, Pontiac Firebird, 4.934, 303.23; 3. Dean Skuza, Dodge Avenger, 4.973, 293.86; 4. Jerry Toliver, Chevy Camaro, 4.976, 289.57; 5. Cristen Powell, Camaro, 4.977, 296.57; 6. Jim Epler, Camaro, 4.990, 259.06; 7. Del Worsham, Firebird, 5.000, 304.19; 8. Tony Pedregon, Mustang, 5.032, 284.33; 9. Bruce Sarver, Firebird, 5.063, 263.10; 10. Ron Capps, Camaro, 5.065, 269.89; 11. Scott Weis, Chevy Corvette, 5.067, 291.38; 12. Scotty Cannon, Camaro, 5.109, 278.86; 13. Bob Gilbertson, Firebird, 5.119, 261.72; 14. Gary Densham, Firebird, 5.164, 286.25; 15. Tommy Johnson Jr., Firebird, 5.167, 245.49; 16. Al Hofmann, Firebird, 5.323, 194.80.

PRO STOCK

1. Darrell Alderman, Dodge Avenger, 6.874, 198.55; 2. Warren Johnson, Pontiac Firebird, 6.888, 200.23; 3. Ron Krisher, Firebird, 6.892, 198.67; 4. Mark Pawuk, Firebird, 6.899, 198.55; 5. Jeg Coughlin, Oldsmobile Cutlass, 6.902, 198.50; 6. George Marnell, Firebird, 6.906, 198.76; 7. Rickie Smith, Chevy Camaro, 6.916, 198.32; 8. Richie Stevens, Firebird, 6.928, 197.86; 9. Robert Patrick, Ford Mustang, 6.929, 198.50; 10. Jim Yates, Firebird, 6.933, 198.85; 11. Brad Jeter, Firebird, 6.934, 197.54; 12. V. Gaines, Camaro, 6.936, 197.71; 13. Kurt Johnson, Camaro, 6.937, 199.17; 14. Mark Osborne, Firebird, 6.943, 198.38; 15. Allen Johnson, Avenger, 6.944, 197.31; 16. John Nobile, Cutlass, 6.947, 197.36.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE

1. Matt Hines, Suzuki, 7.195, 185.54; 2. Antron Brown, Suzuki, 7.234, 184.55; 3. Tony Mullen, Suzuki, 7.261, 183.64; 4. Angelle Seeling, Suzuki, 7.269, 179.44; 5. John Smith, Suzuki, 7.276, 184.47; 6. Craig Treble, Suzuki, 7.289, 178.76; 7. Blaine Hale, Kawasaki, 7.321, 181.13; 8. Geno Scali, Suzuki, 7.328, 180.81; 9. Michael Phillips, Suzuki, 7.341, 175.43; 10. Greg Underdahl, Suzuki, 7.365, 181.54; 11. Shawn Gann, Suzuki, 7.378, 177.56; 12. Reggie Showers, Suzuki, 7.417, 177.00; 13. Rob Short, Kawasaki, 7.421, 183.79; 14. Clarence Markham, Suzuki, 7.424, 179.64; 15. Brian DeLong, Suzuki, 7.426, 181.57; 16. Mike Berry, Suzuki, 7.436, 177.35.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Antron Brown , Bruce Sarver , Frank Pedregon , Matt Hines , John Nobile , Jeg Coughlin , Robert Patrick , Darrell Alderman , Kenny Bernstein , Brad Jeter , Mark Pawuk , Kurt Johnson , Warren Johnson , Scott Weis , Bob Gilbertson , Jim Epler , Tony Pedregon , Al Hofmann , Dean Skuza , Del Worsham , Ron Capps , John Force , Rhonda Hartman-Smith , Tony Schumacher , Joe Amato , Gary Scelzi , Doug Kalitta , Andrew Cowin , Ron Krisher , Reggie Showers , Mike Berry , Shawn Gann , Blaine Hale , David Grubnic , Gary Densham , Scotty Cannon , Craig Treble , Cory McClenathan , Melanie Troxel , Greg Underdahl , George Marnell , Allen Johnson , Luigi Novelli , Don Lampus , Rickie Smith , Michael Phillips , Jerry Toliver , Bob Vandergriff , Tommy Johnson Jr. , Cristen Powell