PAST CHAMPIONS RULE
FRIDAY QUALIFYING AT TORCO RACING FUELS ROUTE 66 NHRA NATIONALS
No. 1 qualifiers are
Schumacher, Scelzi, Anderson and Hines
was a night for champions at Route 66 Raceway as POWERade Series
titlists Tony Schumacher, Gary Scelzi, Greg Anderson, and Andrew Hines
led opening day action at the 10th annual Torco Racing Fuels Route 66
Schumacher's 4.462 at 327.11 mph in Top Fuel got the biggest cheer, but
Scelzi's 4.736 at 330.96 mph in Funny Car was just as impressive. In
Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle, Anderson and Hines thrilled with a
pair of track records.
Unlike year's past, Schumacher's provisional top qualifying effort
didn't set him far apart from the rest of the Top Fuel field. But it
was enough to set the four-time champ up for his fourth low qualifying
award of the year on a weekend when his sponsor, the U.S. Army,
celebrates its 232nd birthday.
"Alan [Johnson, crew chief] said before the run that the track would
take whatever we threw at it and he was right," Schumacher said. "I
always used to say that qualifying No. 1 wasn't that important but
the championship by just a few points it really was all those No. 1
qualifiers we had that made the difference in the end."