Schumacher wins twice in Texas
ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 22, 2014) – Tony Schumacher won twice in as many days and the National Hot Rod Association’s Countdown to the Championship began to take shape during the AAA Texas Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.
Racing in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ Top Fuel category, Schumacher won the continuation of the previous week’s race at Charlotte, N.C. on Saturday and then won the Fall Nationals on Sunday. He was one of eight drivers to win on Goodyear Eagle Dragway Specials in Texas.
The professional winners at Texas included Courtney Force (Funny Car) and Dave Connolly (Pro Stock). In the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series for sportsmen, Shayne Lawson (Top Alcohol Dragster), Daniel Leibham (Top Sportsman) and Clark Smiley (Competition Eliminator) also won on Goodyear tires.
The professional categories were unable to finish the Charlotte event due to inclement weather. The elimination rounds were completed as part of Saturday’s qualifying rounds in Texas.
The conditions at the Motorplex were challenging for the teams. The track surface temperature when the final rounds began was 139 degrees.
Schumacher’s victory in the Texas race Sunday was his fourth of the season and 76th career win. Schumacher holds 2,296 points and leads the Countdown. Steve Torrence is next with 2,190.
Courtney Force won the Texas portion of the Funny Car competition, her third victory of 2014. Matt Hagan beat John Force Saturday in the Charlotte final. The weekend left John Force with the Funny Car Countdown lead. John Force has 2,258 point. Second place Robert Hight has 2,213.
Connolly’s victory in Pro Stock was his second of the season. Connolly beat Shane Gray by an estimated four feet in the final round Sunday. Jonathan Gray won the Charlotte final on Saturday. Connolly’s victory moved him to second in the Pro Stock Countdown. Connolly trails Jason Line 2,266-2,223.
Lawson’s TAD victory was the second of his career in a national event. Both those wins have come this season. Leibham, the Top Sportsman winner, won his first national victory in his third final round appearance. Smiley won in Competition Eliminator for the second time this year.
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