DSR Bristol Pre-Race Report

NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
Event 9 of 22
Bristol Dragway
Bristol, Tenn.   
June 17 – 19, 2022 

Driver of the Maynard Family Racing/Scag Power Equipment Top Fuel Dragster

Bristol Event Highlights:
  • Six-time event winner (2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2018)  
  • Two-time runner-up (2001, 2016)  
  • Four-time No. 1 qualifier (2004, 2007, 2008, 2015) 
2018 Bristol Recap:
Qualified second; Event champion (defeated Terry McMillen in E1, Pat Dakin in E2, Steve Torrence in E3, Mike Salinas in E4)
Note: Did Not Compete in 2019, 2021; 2020 canceled due to COVID-19
Last Event (Epping):
Qualified sixth; First round exit (defeated by Leah Pruett in E1)

Career Statistics:
520 races; 85 event wins; 88 No. 1 qualifiers
  • Six of Schumacher’s 85 Top Fuel triumphs were won at the Thunder Valley Nationals, making him the winningest driver (among NHRA’s four pro categories) in the history of the facility
  • Prior to this 2022 season, Schumacher last competed at Bristol in 2018 where he emerged victorious, defeating Mike Salinas in the final round. Schumacher is looking to pick up right where he left off in 2018 and claim his first win of the season

Fan Events:

  • Fans are encouraged to join Schumacher at Boones Creek Outdoor Power (119 Mary St., Gray, Tenn.) from 10:00 a.m. to noon ET on Thursday for a Scag-hosted fan appearance
  • Schumacher will join several of his Camping World Series competitors at the 'Thunder Valley Nationals Fan Fest in the Pits' autograph session on Saturday evening. The event will begin approx. 30 minutes post-nitro qualifying, and will be located in the pro pits. 

“Honestly, I cannot wait to get to Bristol. I know I’ve said that same thing a couple of other times this year about other tracks, but I tell you what, I miss Bristol like no other race track. I sat out last year and in 2019, so this will be my first time in four years competing at Bristol, and I just love it there. I love the fans, I love the facility. I’ve had a lot of success at that track; won it six times, which makes us the winningest pro team to compete at Bristol Dragway. Every time I go out there, I forget how awesome it is until I go stand down on the starting line and take in that amazing view. Another thing that is unique to that facility is that the pro pits are literally right next to the right lane, so we get to take in the show while we work. Every time a car passes by, it reminds us of just how darn fast these cars go.
“Our crew chiefs, Todd Okuhara and Marc Denner, have a good handle on what they’ve diagnosed as something that has been causing us problems this year. Anytime you can take care of a huge problem, something that’s been wreaking havoc for a while, you can’t wait to get to the next race because you’re chomping at the bit to redeem yourself. This weekend can’t come soon enough. We’re getting into town a day early and I’ll be meeting fans at a Scag appearance on Thursday, so if you’re in the area, please come out to Boones Creek Outdoor Power in Gray, Tenn. from 10:00 a.m. to noon, and say hello.”



Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown Series (Event 4 of 8):

Driver of the 
D H Davies Racing®/Save Our Allies Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak

Last Event (Richmond):
Qualified No. 13; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Stephen Bell in E1; defeated by Jesse Alexandra in E2)


Driver of the 
Empaco Equipment Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak

Last Event (Richmond): 
Qualified No. 10; First round exit (defeated by David Barton in E1)
NHRA Career Statistics:
30 races; three runner-up finishes; three No. 1 qualifiers 

Driver of the 
Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak

Last Event (Richmond):
Qualified ninth; First round exit (defeated by Daniel Condon in E1)


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