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DSR Pomona 1 Pre-Race Report

NHRA Winternationals
Event 1 of 22
Auto Club Raceway at Pomona
Pomona, Calif. 
February 18-20, 2022

 

TONY SCHUMACHER
Driver of the Maynard Family Racing Top Fuel Dragster


Pomona 1 (Winternationals) Event Highlights:
  • Two-time event winner (2004, 2008) 
  • Four-time No. 1 qualifier (2005, 2006, 2007, 2013) 
  • Two-time runner-up (2013, 2018)


Auto Club Raceway at Pomona Highlights:

  • Six-time event winner
  • 10-time No. 1 qualifier 
  • Seven-time runner-up 


Career Statistics:
512 races; 85 event wins; 88 No. 1 qualifiers

Noteworthy:

  • Schumacher will make his highly-anticipated return to NHRA competition at the 2022 Winternationals, kicking off his first full season since 2018
  • An eight-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion, Schumacher will begin his campaign for a ninth series title and DSR’s 20th when the season commences this weekend
  • The last time Schumacher competed in Pomona (November 2018) he raced to a runner-up finish
  • Tied with Don Garlits and Doug Kalitta for the most Top Fuel wins (six) at Pomona:
    • Spring: 2004, 2008 
    • Fall: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 
  • Leads the Top Fuel class in number of No. 1 qualifiers (10) at Pomona:
    • Spring: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2013 
    • Fall: 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Team patriarch and Funny Car pioneer Don Schumacher won the 1973 event 


Quotable:
“I’m very excited to be back running a full season with my sights set on a ninth championship. I’m looking forward to kicking off my first full season since 2018 after what I would say was a successful test session in Phoenix. It was great to get to spend time with my team, and I look forward to watching them grow into champions. We made 11 runs overall, all planned shutoffs, and saw some great 60-foot numbers. When Todd (Okuhara) smiles, you know it’s all good.”

 

Image courtesy of Bob Campagna

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