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ENCORE: THE DAY SHOE, BLAINE CROSSED PATHS

Originally published 9-1-2006

On one weekend the careers of Blaine Johnson and Tony Schumacher intersected...

indymemories_blainecover.jpg Many drivers look back on the first elimination-round passes of their professional careers as a bit surreal. But nothing could come close to the emotional swing that Tony Schumacher experienced in his first race in a Top Fuel dragster.

It promised to be intimidating enough for Schumacher because it came at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, the National Hot Rod Association's oldest and most prominent race.

But 10 years ago, that first quarter-mile ride, which should have taken about 4.7 seconds, seemed to take an eternity.

Schumacher was the No. 16 qualifier. As such, he was paired against No. 1. But this time the No. 1 qualifier didn't pull up to the starting line. He had died two days before of massive head injuries from a top-end accident during qualifying.

So Schumacher had a single pass instead of getting to race Blaine Johnson, the 34-year-old sensation who was running away with the Top Fuel championship, owned the national speed record, and set a track-record 4.61-second elapsed time on his final run. Gone was the likeable Californian whom veteran publicist Rick Voegelin called "a tiger in a race car." But little did anyone know just how much this rookie Schumacher, this rather overwhelmed 26-year-old from Chicago, would turn out to be the same kind of driver.

ENDERS TO RACE FACTORY STOCK SHOWDOWN IN INDY

Erica Enders plans to pull double duty this week in Indianapolis.

The defending NHRA Pro Stock champion plans to not only drive her Mopar Performance Dodge Dart Pro Stocker but also take the wheel of a supercharged 354 cubic inch, Gen III HEMI engine-powered Mopar Dodge Drag Pak prepped by the Joe Welch Racing organization and outfitted in official Dodge and Mopar graphics in the Factory Stock Showdown.

SCRUGGS POCKETS 10K FOR ANARCHY AT THE ARCH VICTORY

Jason Scruggs of Saltillo, Mississippi, scored a $10,000 payday by defeating Brandon Lewis of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, in the final round of Flying A Outlaw Pro Mod eliminations. To reach the final, Scruggs defeated Jon Stouffer in the first round of eliminations, then trailered Texan Frankie Taylor in the semi-final.

 

Thomas Eddie Rogers of Berryville, Arkansas, took home $7,500 after winning the Precision Turbo Pro Nitrous vs. Pro Boost final over Canadian Jim Bell. Rogers defeated Brazil's Sidnei Frigo in the first round of eliminations, then won the second round after opponent Terry Barkley crashed. Rogers ran a single in the semi-final to meet Bell in the final. Surprise entry Justin "Big Chief" Shearer of Street Outlaws TV show fame was eliminated in the second round by Bell.

TAYLOR LEADS FRIDAY QUALIFYING FOR ANARCH AT THE ARCH

The third annual Street Car Super Nationals -- also known as "Anarchy at the Arch" -- are under way at Gateway Motorsports Park.  Pro Mod qualifying is in the record books and the fastest men on the property are Frankie Taylor (Flying A Outlaw Pro Mod) and Terry "The Captain" Barkley (Precision Turbo Pro Nitrous vs. Pro Boost).

 

Surprise entry Justin "Big Chief" Shearer of Street Outlaws TV show fame planned to test his car on Monday and attempt to qualify for his NHRA Pro Mod license. Once licensed, Shearer plans to enter the NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis next weekend. Shearer, using this event to shake down his car, qualified in ninth position in the Precision Turbo Pro Nitrous vs. Pro Boost class at 4.359 sec., 170.08 mph.

MCMILLEN JUMPS FEET FIRST INTO THE INSANITY OF A PLAYOFF BERTH

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, yet expecting a different result each time. 

Count Terry McMillen as one of those who staunchly disagrees with Albert Einstein. As he puts it, Einstein never drove a Top Fuel dragster. 

McMillen heads into next weekend's Chevrolet Performance NHRA U.S. Nationals, the final regular season event before the Countdown to the Championship, in a dead heat with Leah Pritchett for tenth place in points. 

REED RISING UP IN NHRA’S PSM RANKS

Cory Reed had big dreams.

From the age of 14, he began riding dirt bikes with the idea of being a star.

FORMER DRAG RACER RENCK SETS C GAS ROADSTER CLASS RECORD AT BONNEVILLE

 

Former NHRA drag racer Ed Renck had many accomplishments while competing down the quarter-mile.

Now, Renck is making a name for himself in another branch of motorsports.

On Aug. 17, at “Bonneville Speed Week” Renck set a new record in the C Gas Roadster Class at 236.162 mph.

TJ, CRAMPTON LEAD THURSDAY INDY TESTING

Tommy Johnson Jr. posted the quickest time in Funny Car Thursday at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis during the final day of testing for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series drivers took part in two-day test in preparation for the world’s most prestigious drag race, held Aug. 31-Sept. 5, at the famed NHRA-owned multi-purpose motorsports facility just west of downtown Indianapolis. The event, which will also feature the lucrative Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel and Funny Car, is the final race in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series regular season and will be televised by FOX and FOX Sports 1 with expanded coverage during Labor Day weekend.

JEGS NAMED PRESENTING SPONSOR OF J&A SERVICE PRO MOD SERIES EVENT AT INDIANAPOLIS

NHRA has named JEGS as the presenting sponsor for the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Aug. 31-Sept. 5. The race is the seventh of 10 events for the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series in 2016.
 
“We at NHRA are very excited that JEGS will again be the presenting sponsor of NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Series portion of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals,” said Brad Gerber, NHRA vice president and chief development officer. “JEGS has been a loyal supporter of NHRA Drag Racing for decades and I couldn’t think of a better presenting sponsor of the world’s largest and most prestigious drag racing event. We can hardly wait for another weekend of dramatic Pro Mod racing at Indy.”

AEROMOTIVE RELEASES REGULATOR WITH -12 PORTS

 

Aeromotive has an all-new belt-drive EFI regulator, now with -12 ports. Our new regulator, part number 13137, is designed for use with both a belt and a hex-drive fuel pump. It has two AN-12 ports and an AN-12 return port, along with dual springs that expand operating pressure range while maintaining a low profile and reduced weight. 

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