DSR Gainesville Post-Race Recap

NHRA Gatornationals
Event 3 of 22
Gainesville Raceway
Gainesville, Fla.  
March 11-13, 2022


Early Exit for Tony Schumacher at NHRA Gatornationals

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 13, 2022) – As the winningest Top Fuel driver in the history of Gainesville Raceway, Tony Schumacher entered the NHRA Gatornationals looking to add to his five Gainesville event wins. After rain washed out qualifying on Friday, and unseasonably cold weather forced NHRA to cut Saturday’s qualifying show short after the first session, Schumacher found himself starting race day from the No. 14 seed out of a 22-car field.

NHRA dubbed Schumacher’s first-round contest with Steve Torrence as the category’s marquee match-up. Against the reigning world champ, Schumacher scored the starting line advantage and maintained the lead aboard the Scag Power Equipment/Manyard Family dragster until just before the finish line when Torrence was able to chase him down and edge past, recording the win with a mere eight-foot margin-of-victory.

“It’s always unfortunate when you only have one opportunity in qualifying, and for us, we had an air line come loose on the fuel system so, we got qualified but ended up on the bottom half of the ladder and paired next to a good car,” said Schumacher of the weekend’s lone qualifying session. “And, that’s fine, I don’t mind running good cars. We put our best foot forward and made a great run. If we had a little more clutch lockup, we would’ve gone out there and won that round, but all-in-all, it’s a long, long season. We’re three races in, and I feel we have an incredibly talented group of guys and great support with Scag and the Maynard Family. I look forward to getting to Vegas for our next race, but for now, I’m looking forward to having a little time off and spending some time at home to regroup. We were on the road for three weeks straight between testing, Pomona, and Phoenix, and then after a few days off we were right back here, so I’m ready to go home and come out strong in Vegas.”

Qualified: No. 14 (3.983 E.T. at 266.32 MPH)

Elimination Round Results:
E1: 3.735 E.T. at 313.29 MPH defeated by Steve Torrence 3.696 E.T. at 327.43 MPH

NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Point Standings (unofficial):

1 Mike Salinas   256
2 Justin Ashley   233
3 Steve Torrence   209
4 Brittany Force   178
5 Clay Millican   173
6 Tripp Tatum   160
7 Josh Hart   157
8 Doug Foley   155
9 Austin Prock   146
10 Doug Kalitta   130
11 Tony Schumacher   120


Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown Series:
Driver of the D H Davies Racing® Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak

No. 11 (7.787 E.T. at 182.50 MPH)

Elimination Round Results:
E1: 7.738 E.T. at 181.84 MPH defeated by Ricky Hord 7.700 E.T. at 178.28 MPH

Driver of the 
Empaco Equipment Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak

Qualified: No. 1 (7.608 E.T. at 183.15 MPH)

Elimination Round Results:
E1: 7.705 E.T. at 182.33 MPH defeated Carl Tasca 8.712 E.T. at 164.35 MPH
E2: Foul (Red light) defeated by David Barton 13.423 E.T. at 64.59 MPH

Driver of the 
Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak

Qualified: No. 3 (7.669 E.T. at 180.79 MPH)

Elimination Round Results:
E1: 7.686 E.T. at 177.88 MPH defeated Dennis Chaisson 9.196 E.T. at 134.79 MPH
E2: 7.681 E.T. at 181.08 MPH defeated Ricky Hord 7.769 E.T. at 177.77 MPH

Note: After winning E2, the team discovered a mechanical issue, and with the tight turnaround time, opted to err on the side of caution and forfeit E3


Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown Series Point Standings (unofficial):
1 Lenny Lottig   112
2 Anthony Troyer   91
3 Warren Walcher   76
4 David Barton   73
5 Mark Pawuk   58
6 Bill Skillman   54
6 Ricky Hord   54
8 Tripp Carter   52
9 Aaron Stanfield   35
10 Stephen Bell   33
11 David Davies III   32
11 David Janac   32

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