SCHUMACHER, HIGHT, LINE AND HINES LEAD QUALIFYING AT ACDELCO LAS VEGAS NHRA NATIONALS
Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher raced to a track record time of 4.445
seconds at 333.08 mph in his U.S. Army dragster Friday to highlight the
opening day of qualifying at the ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals.
Robert Hight, Jason Line and Andrew Hines also were qualifying leaders
in their respective categories at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor
Speedway. The $1.8 million race is the 22nd of 23 events in the $50
million NHRAPOWERade Drag Racing Series.
Although he's 89 points out of the Top Fuel lead with just two races
remaining, Schumacher's track-record run proved he won't go down
without a fight. The pass was the seventh quickest ever and put him a
full eight-tenths of a second ahead of the field, a titanic gap in
professional drag racing.
"That run was perfect," Schumacher said. "Hey, we need these points. We
need a world record. That was nine-thousandths short of one right there
but Alan said that was all there was to get. We'll definitely go for
itin Pomona but first things first; we need to win this race. We have
no room for error."Doug Kalitta and Brandon Bernstein, first and second
in the Top Fuelpoints order, qualified third and fourth. Kalitta posted
a 4.530 at 327.74 mph in his Mac Tools/Von Dutch dragster, while
Bernstein ran a 4.544 at 331.61 mph in the Budweiser/Lucas Oil dragster.