Pro Stock driver Mike Edwards has won a lot of races in a lot of places, so firsts are becoming rare for the veteran driver.
On Sunday, Edwards collected a at the O'Reilly Auto Parts Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka (Kan.).
The other winners--Tony Schumacher in Top Fuel and Robert Hight in Funny Car--each won for the first time in their careers at Topeka.
Edwards left the starting line first in his Penhall Pontiac GXP to gain enough of an advantage to beat Allen Johnson and the Mopar Dodge Avenger on the holeshot. Edwards enjoyed a .01-second advantage at the starting line, which was enough for the winning margin as Johnson ran a quicker 6.710-second pass at 205.19 mph to Edwards' 6.717 at 204.63 mph.
Schumacher also needed a holeshot in the Top Fuel final to get around the Fram dragster driven by teammate Cory McClenathan.
Schumacher had a .058-second reaction time to McClenathan's .074, which in the end gave Schumacher a two-foot edge at the finish line. Schumacher's time was a 3.875 at 310.27 mph in the U.S. Army dragster, and McClenathan ran a 3.864 at 312.35 mph.
This is the 100th win for the Army as a sponsor in the NHRA.
Hight's Ford Mustang Funny Car was the best of the class all weekend, and he backed it up when it counted on Sunday.
Hight beat Jeff Arend in the final by running a 4.104-second pass at 303.50 mph to Arend's 4.150 run at 300.80 mph in the DHL Toyota Solara.
The win is Hight's third win a row, the first time in his career he's had that accomplishment.