NHRA POWERADE SERIES POST RACE NOTES: 20th annual Schuck's Auto Supply NHRA Nationals July 20 -- July 22, Pacific Raceways, Kent, Wash. TOP FUEL * Tony Schumacher, of Chicago, claimed his 38th career victory by powering his U.S. Army dragster...
NHRA POWERADE SERIES POST RACE NOTES:
20th annual Schuck's Auto Supply NHRA Nationals
July 20 -- July 22, Pacific Raceways, Kent, Wash.
* Tony Schumacher, of Chicago, claimed his 38th career victory by powering his U.S. Army dragster to a holeshot win over Brandon Bernstein's Budweiser dragster. Schumacher posted a winning performance of 4.607 seconds at 307.79 mph to Bernstein's 4.558 at 328.86.
* With the victory, Schumacher moved past JR Todd into fourth place in the POWERade Series standings.
* J.R. Todd earned the first No. 1 qualifying position of his career with his 4.577-second pass at 318.39 mph.
* Todd was eliminated for the second straight year at this race in the semifinals by Schumacher. It also extended the season-long winless streak for No. 1 qualifiers in Top Fuel.
* Bernstein beat Larry Dixon in the quarterfinals and that win moved him past Dixon into second place in the POWERade Series point standings.
* Rod Fuller became the first driver in Top Fuel to clinch a berth in the Countdown playoffs.
* JR Todd's Skull Shine dragster team won the Full Throttle Pit Crew challenge award.
* Jack Beckman ran a 4.829 at 320.97 in his MTS Dodge Charger to defeat John Force (5.235 at 203.03) and the Castrol GTX High-Mileage Ford Mustang, which blew up just before the finish line. Force escaped through the black smoke and was uninjured.
* This was the second straight win for Beckman, who has moved up from a tenuous eighth-place position up to a solid fifth-place position with back to back wins.
* Force continued his resurgence by passing Cruz Pedregon and moving inside the Countdown Top 8 for the first time this season. He was as low as 20th place after Atlanta (Race 6) and was in 15th just three races ago, before stringing together a win, semifinal and runner-up/win.
* Ashley Force's Castrol GTX/AAA Ford Mustang turned hard into the wall during a pedal-fest in her quarterfinal loss to Kenny Bernstein. The body came off the car and the throttle stuck, but Force hit the shut-off valve and brought the car to safe stop. She was unhurt except for a slight sprain of her thumb.
* Ron Capps became the first driver in the Funny Car category to clinch a berth in the Countdown playoffs.
* Mike Ashley's Torco/Skull Gear Dodge Charger team claimed the Motel 6 "Who Got the Light" award on the strength of their .0035-second win over Gary Scelzi in the quarterfinals.
* Robert Hight earned his fifth No. 1 qualifying position of 2007 with his 4.800-second pass at 300.53 mph. It was the 20th career No. 1 qualifier for the 2005 Auto Club Road to the Future Award winner (top rookie).
* Kenny Bernstein's Monster Energy Drink team won the Full Throttle Pit Crew challenge award.
* Dave Connolly won his third race this season and the 12th of his career with a Pacific Raceways track record pass of 6.649 seconds (at 206.20 mph) in the final against Allen Johnson (6.682 at 206.23).
* Allen Johnson was looking for his second straight win this season in his J&J Racing/Mopar Dodge Stratus and his second straight at Pacific Raceways.
* This was Connolly's 12th career win in 24 career final rounds.
* Connolly became the third driver in Pro Stock to clinch a berth in the Countdown playoffs, joining Greg Anderson and Jeg Coughlin. He officially secured the berth with his quarterfinal win over Max Naylor.
* Dave Connolly earned his third career No. 1 qualifier -- all this season -- with his 6.664-second pass at 206.42 mph.
* There was a lot of change in the Pro Stock standings, most notably veteran Warren Johnson's move up from ninth to seventh place. Richie Stevens Jr., whom WJ beat in the first round on a red light, slipped back from eighth to 10th place.
* Dave Connolly's Torco Chevy Cobalt crew won the Full Throttle Pit Crew challenge award.