Schumacher, Johnson Jr., Johnson and Arana Jr. race to winner’s circle at Route 66 NHRA Nationals
Tony Schumacher’s third victory of the season.
Joliet, Ill. – Tony Schumacher raced to a milestone 80th career victory in Top Fuel Sunday at the Lucas Oil Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by General Tire at Route 66 Raceway.
Tommy Johnson Jr. (Funny Car), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also were victorious in their respective categories at the 13th of 24 events in the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
Schumacher pushed his U.S Army dragster to the winner’s circle with a 3.844-second pass at 320.20 mph, beating Larry Dixon’s 3.932 at 298.93 in the final round. The win was Schumacher’s third victory of the season and a category-high fifth at Chicago. Schumacher, the eight-time and defending world champ, now sits five victories from tying Pro Stock’s Bob Glidden for third on the all-time wins list in any NHRA professional category.
Johnson Jr. raced his Make-A-Wish Foundation Dodge Charger R/T to his first win since Bristol last season with a 4.259 at 245.27 victory over two-time and defending world champ Matt Hagan, who lost traction at the starting line. The finish marks Johnson Jr.’s 11th career victory (9th in Funny Car), first of the season and first at Chicago. With the result, Johnson Jr. rises to sixth in points.
In Pro Stock, Johnson drove his Magneti Marelli Dodge Dart to victory for the 25th time in his career with a 6.624 at 209.88, outlasting Charlotte winner Larry Morgan’s 6.667 at 210.18. Johnson, who is now one win from tying Lee Shepherd and Dave Connolly for ninth on the all-time Pro Stock wins list, raced past Bo Butner, Chris McGaha and four-time world champ and points leader Greg Anderson before taking out Morgan in the final and earning his first career win at the facility. Johnson is now fifth in Pro Stock points.
Pro Stock Motorcycle
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Arana Jr. defended his Chicago win from last season with a 6.918 at 194.66 on his Lucas Oil Buell, defeating two-time world champ Matt Smith in the final. The win was Arana Jr.s’ 10th career victory, first of the season and second at Route 66 Raceway. He defeated LE Tonglet, Jerry Savoie and Chaz Kennedy before taking Smith out in the final. Arana Jr. sits second in points.
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series next embarks on the three-race NHRA Western Swing, beginning at Denver with the 36th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals July 24-26.
Results Sunday from Joliet
Final finish order (1-16) at the 18th annual Lucas Oil Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by General Tire at Route 66 Raceway. The race is the 13th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
1. Tony Schumacher; 2. Larry Dixon; 3. Dave Connolly; 4. Antron Brown; 5. Steve Torrence; 6. Pat Dakin; 7. Doug Kalitta; 8. J.R. Todd; 9. Richie Crampton; 10. Spencer Massey; 11. Shawn Langdon; 12. Terry McMillen; 13. Brittany Force; 14. Leah Pritchett; 15. T.J. Zizzo; 16. Luigi Novelli.
1. Tommy Johnson Jr.; 2. Matt Hagan; 3. Tim Wilkerson; 4. Cruz Pedregon; 5. Jack Beckman; 6. John Force; 7. Tony Pedregon; 8. Del Worsham; 9. Robert Hight; 10. Alexis DeJoria; 11. Ron Capps; 12. John Hale; 13. Courtney Force; 14. Bob Bode; 15. Chad Head; 16. Brian Stewart.
1. Allen Johnson; 2. Larry Morgan; 3. Greg Anderson; 4. Erica Enders; 5. Chris McGaha; 6. Vincent Nobile; 7. Rodger Brogdon; 8. Drew Skillman; 9. Shane Gray; 10. Jason Line; 11. Jonathan Gray; 12. Bo Butner; 13. Dave River; 14. Kevin Lawrence; 15. Mark Hogan; 16. V. Gaines.
Pro Stock Motorcycle
1. Hector Arana Jr; 2. Matt Smith; 3. Chaz Kennedy; 4. Chip Ellis; 5. Jerry Savoie; 6. Angelle Sampey; 7. Eddie Krawiec; 8. Andrew Hines; 9. Hector Arana; 10. LE Tonglet; 11. Karen Stoffer; 12. Jim Underdahl; 13. Shawn Gann; 14. Steve Johnson; 15. Eddie Reed; 16. Angie Smith.
Point standings (top 10) following the 18th annual Lucas Oil Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by General Tire at Route 66 Raceway, the 13th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series -
1. Tony Schumacher, 1,028; 2. Antron Brown, 1,008; 3. Larry Dixon, 848; 4. Doug Kalitta, 844; 5. Richie Crampton, 796; 6. Spencer Massey, 752; 7. Shawn Langdon, 696; 8. Brittany Force, 681; 9. J.R. Todd, 651; 10. Steve Torrence, 609.
1. Matt Hagan, 1,024; 2. Ron Capps, 846; 3. (tie) Jack Beckman, 835; Del Worsham, 835; 5. John Force, 801; 6. Tommy Johnson Jr., 798; 7. Cruz Pedregon, 728; 8. Tim Wilkerson, 722; 9. Robert Hight, 667; 10. Alexis DeJoria, 658.
1. Greg Anderson, 1,148; 2. Erica Enders, 1,082; 3. Jason Line, 934; 4. Chris McGaha, 891; 5. Allen Johnson, 736; 6. Drew Skillman, 727; 7. Larry Morgan, 723; 8. Vincent Nobile, 649; 9. Shane Gray, 648; 10. Rodger Brogdon, 632.
Pro Stock Motorcycle
1. Eddie Krawiec, 452; 2. Hector Arana Jr, 436; 3. Andrew Hines, 404; 4. Karen Stoffer, 382; 5. Angelle Sampey, 336; 6. Hector Arana, 324; 7. Jim Underdahl, 311; 8. Matt Smith, 305; 9. LE Tonglet, 302; 10. Jerry Savoie, 295.
Defending Pro Stock event winner Vincent Nobile senses 2015 luck about to change at Route 66
The divorce is final: NHRA, ESPN to end long association