Seven-time Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher ended a 32-race winless streak with his win at the Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Sunday at Bristol Dragway on Sunday.
His DSR teammate Ron Capps (Funny Car) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) were winners in the other top NHRA series.
Schumacher's U.S. Army dragster ran like a bracket car all during Sunday's eliminations, with his slowest pass coming in the final round against long-time on track rival, Doug Kalitta. Schumacher did his job on the starting line, as his reaction time was four-hundredths better than Kalitta's, leading to Schumacher's slower, but winning E.T., 3.819-second pass at 324.28 mph.
Schumacher earned his first win in almost two seasons the hard way, taking out Dom Lagana in round one, DSR teammate Spencer Massey in round two and Clay Millican in the semifinal round to earn his fifth final round appearance of the season. Schumacher's win is his 68th career win and fifth at Bristol Dragway and it secures him the sixth spot in the Traxxas Shootout, the Top Fuel bonus race at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals.
In Funny Car, Capps earned his second win of the season in his sixth final round appearance in a row since adding veteran turner Rahn Tobler to the team by outrunning rookie driver Alexis DeJoria in the first final round appearance of her career. Capps' 4.076 at 312.35 mph in his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger was just too much for DeJoria, whose Tequila Patron Toyota Camry lost traction at half-track.
Capps had to beat two women during Sunday's eliminations, as he beat both top rookie contenders DeJoria and Courtney Force. Capps also took out Tony Pedregon and his DSR teammate Johnny Gray en route to his win at Bristol Dragway. With the win, Capps tied “Big Daddy” Don Garlits on the all-time wins list with 35 victories.
In Pro Stock, Mike Edwards claimed his fourth victory in a row at Bristol Dragway with his holeshot win over local favorite Allen Johnson in the final round. Edwards used his better reaction time with his 6.674 second pass at 206.16 mph behind the wheel of his Penhall/Interstate Batteries Pontiac to beat Johnson's Team Mopar Dodge Avenger, which clocked a quicker but losing 6.661 second pass at 207.05 mph in an incredibly close final round.
Top Fuel — Tony Schumacher, 3.819 seconds, 324.28 mph def. Doug Kalitta, 3.802 seconds, no speed.
Funny Car — Ron Capps, Dodge Charger, 4.076, 312.35 def. Alexis DeJoria, Toyota Camry, 5.232, 144.15.
Pro Stock — Mike Edwards, Pontiac GXP, 6.674, 206.16 def. Allen Johnson, Dodge Avenger, 6.661, 207.05.