Mohnton, Pa. (Sept. 15): Reigning NHRA Winston Champion, Tony Schumacher continued his march towards the 2000 Championship by running a track record mph and the quickest run under the new 90% nitro-methane rule to take the No. 1 qualifying...
Mohnton, Pa. (Sept. 15): Reigning NHRA Winston Champion, Tony Schumacher continued his march towards the 2000 Championship by running a track record mph and the quickest run under the new 90% nitro-methane rule to take the No. 1 qualifying position after the first day of the Keystone Nationals.
Schumacher started the day by running a 4.619 e.t. at 313.07 mph to put him solidly in the top half of the field at No. 4. "That was a good run to start the event," said Schumacher, "now we have a solid base for the Army team to work from."
Schumacher was paired against No. 2 in points, Gary Scelzi, who ran a 4.554 e.t. in the first session, which was the quickest e.t. under the new rules.
In the night qualifying session, Scelzi and Schumacher again faced each other. Scelzi smoked his tires and Schumacher thundered down the Maple Grove quarter mile with an impressive 4.535 e.t. at 324.67 mph for a new track mph record as well as the No. 1 qualifying position.
"Dan (Olson - crew chief) started trying some new things at Brainerd," said Schumacher referring to his back-to-back wins at Brainerd and Indy, "and we seem to have found a combination that is really coming together."
"This team continues to impress me," said Schumacher, "if you spent one day with our guys, you would see what teamwork and dedication is all about."
"We have fun, work hard and are out here to win races."
Qualifying for the Keystone Nationals will continue Saturday with two addition sessions for all Pro classes. Final eliminations are scheduled for Sunday, Sept 17, at 11am.