Tony Schumacher beat Morgan Lucas in the tire-smoking Top Fuel final at the NHRA Arizona Nationals on Sunday for his 70th career victory and fourth at Firebird International Raceway.
Schumacher and Lucas lost traction early and both drivers were on and off the throttle as they navigated the dragstrip, with Schumacher able to get his 8,000-horsepower dragster under control first.
Schumacher had a 4.606-second run at 213.20 mph, while Lucas finished in 4.652 at 258.67.
"When you can win ugly like that it is so much fun," said Schumacher, who beat Sidnei Frigo, Khalid alBalooshi and Antron Brown to reach the final. "Both cars were set up to run really fast and we both overpowered the track. It was lift, pedal, lift, pedal all the way down. I could hear Morgan beside me the whole time. As a driver that kind of race is so much fun and I enjoy winning like that more than a record run."
Schumacher leads the series standings after two races.
Ron Capps topped the Funny Car field, and Erica Enders-Stevens won in Pro Stock.
Capps raced to his 39th career victory and third at the event, outrunning Matt Hagan in the final round. Capps powered his Dodge Charger to a 4.064 at 314.90, while Hagan's Charger trailed at 4.158 and 300.33.
With the victory Capps moves into the series points lead. With back-to-back final rounds to open the season, Capps says his NAPA team is picking up right where it left off last season.
“We are starting to feel like we are getting into the same rhythm that we were last year when we went to six finals in a row,” Capps said. “I think that both Rahn and I built up some confidence in each other [with our runner-up] at Pomona, and now here.”
Enders-Stevens outran top qualifier Mike Edwards for her fifth career victory. She used a quicker reaction time in her Chevy Cobalt, finishing in 6.538 at 211.99. Edwards was a 6.520 at 213.74.
Enders, who moved to second in the points standings with the win, defeated Shane Gray, V. Gaines and Jason Line in the first three rounds and won from the No. 7 qualifying position.
“My crew chief, Dave Connolly, reminded me that every time that Jimmie Johnson wins, we win,” Enders-Stevens said with a smile. “And he told me that Jimmie won today’s Daytona 500 prior to the final. So needless to say, we’re going to be cheering for Jimmie all year.”
Sunday's final results from the 29th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals at Firebird International Raceway. The race is the second of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
Tony Schumacher, 4.606 seconds, 213.20 mph def. Morgan Lucas, 4.652 seconds, 258.67 mph.
Ron Capps, Dodge Charger, 4.064, 314.90 def. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.158, 300.33.
Erica Enders-Stevens, Chevy Cobalt, 6.538, 211.99 def. Mike Edwards, Chevy Camaro, 6.520, 213.74.
NHRA Points Standings:
Top Fuel :
1. Tony Schumacher, 228; 2. Shawn Langdon, 149; 3. Antron Brown, 148; 4. Khalid alBalooshi, 131; 5. Morgan Lucas, 124; 6. David Grubnic, 112; 7. Doug Kalitta, 103; 8. Spencer Massey, 100; 9. Brandon Bernstein, 93; 10. Larry Dixon, 86.
1. Ron Capps, 210; 2. Courtney Force, 165; 3. Matt Hagan, 151; 4. Bob Tasca III, 124; 5. Johnny Gray, 122; 6. Cruz Pedregon, 117; 7. (tie) John Force, 106; Tim Wilkerson, 106; 9. Todd Lesenko, 102; 10. Robert Hight, 83.
1. Vincent Nobile, 171; 2. Erica Enders-Stevens, 155; 3. Mike Edwards, 153; 4. Jeg Coughlin, 149; 5. V. Gaines, 142; 6. Jason Line, 119; 7. (tie) Greg Anderson, 109; Allen Johnson, 109; 9. Greg Stanfield, 104; 10. (tie) Shane Gray, 83. Chris McGaha, 83.