Schumacher sets speed record in Arizona

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster pilot Tony Schumacher is the fastest Top Fuel pilot in NHRA history. He took the reigns from Clay Millican, who had the quickest pass in the season opener.

Schumacher went 3.649 at 334.65 mph during his first qualifying pass to set the speed record. But in the second qualifying round, Millican regained the record with a speed of 335.23 mph.

Tony Schumacher (Photo by the NHRA)

Tony Schumacher (Photo by the NHRA)

The speed record would then go back to Schumacher In his second pass, as he went 336.57 mph to become the provisional No. 1 qualifier. According to the NHRA, three of the fastest Top Fuel passes in NHRA history were made on Friday at the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona.

“It’s only Friday in Phoenix and there is a lot of racing left to be done this weekend, but [Friday] tells me that we have an awful lot of power in this car,” Schumacher said. “Working with my crew chief Mike Neff this season continues to pay its dividends, and this team has really gelled so far.”

Pilot Steve Torrence is the provisional No. 2 qualifier with his 3.655 at 331.85 mph pass in his Capco Contractors dragster. Millican, the Great Clips/Parts Plus dragster pilot, is the provisional No. 3 qualifier with his 3.664 at 335.23 mph pass.

Kalitta Air/DHL pilot Richie Crampton is the provisional No. 4 qualifier with his 3.683 at 325.30 mph pass. Billy Torrence, who is driving the second Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster — and father to Steve Torrence — is the provisional No. 5 qualifier with his 3.697 at 331.45 mph pass.

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