Force, Schumacher, Johnson celebrate Colorado wins
MORRISON, Colo. (July 24, 2016) – You would be hard-pressed to find three NHRA drag racers with more combined career victories than John Force, Tony Schumacher and Allen Johnson.
And yet, each won for the first time this season to cap the Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.
The trio’s combined wins total 251. Their popularity was emphasized by the fact that they won as part of the NHRA’s first live event on broadcast network television. Fox carried much of Sunday’s racing live.
Force, who beat his own daughter in the final round of Funny Car, said, “I told Courtney, ‘Hey, you’re my baby, I love you … but I’m giving it everything I’ve got.’”
The other drivers who won on Goodyear tires included sportsman racers in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series: Lou Ficco (Competition Eliminator), John Bianco (Super Street) and John Baker (Top Sportsman).
The conditions were difficult on the mountain. They alternated between heat and rain, wind and calm. Teams had to keep finding answers.
The answers were out there. The Funny Car teams took turns breaking track records. John Force was the first to post a three-second pass on the mountain with a 3.959-second run in the first round of qualifying. Courtney Force finished the weekend with the elapsed time record, 3.917 seconds. Del Worsham set a track record for Funny Car at 322.34 mph.
Steve Torrence set a track record for elapsed time at 3.776 seconds in Top Fuel.
Force said of the 144th victory in his career, “I just love it.”
Ron Capps leads the Funny Car standings with 1,120 points. Courtney Force is next with 998.
Schumacher beat teammate Antron Brown in the final round of Top Fuel.
“I probably drove the car 1,200 feet because I was looking at the win light instead of pulling the chutes,” Schumacher admitted. He said, “It feels amazing.”
Brown leads the Top Fuel standings with 1,145 points. Doug Kalitta is second with 1,088. Both have secured berths in the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship.
Johnson said he was surprised to win after qualifying 10th.
“We stunk the place up in qualifying,” Johnson said. “I wouldn’t have given us a one percent chance to win the thing.”
But win he did. It marked the 10th consecutive year that Johnson has reached the final round at Bandimere.
It was the first Pro Stock final this season not won by either Jason Line or Greg Anderson. Line leads the standings with 1,548 points and Anderson is next with 1,466. Both have locked away berths in the Countdown.
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