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Las Vegas 1 Pre-Race Report

NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
Event 4 of 22
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas  
April 1 – 3, 2022 


TONY SCHUMACHER
Driver of the Maynard Family Racing Top Fuel Dragster


Las Vegas 1 Event Highlights:
  • Four-time LV1 event winner (2004, 2009, 2013, 2014)  
  • Two-time runner-up (2017, 2018) 
  • Four-time No. 1 qualifier (2006 – 2008, 2018) 
Note: The Las Vegas 1 four-wide format was first introduced in 2018

2018 Las Vegas 1 Recap:
Qualified No. 1; Runner-up finish (defeated Terry McMillen, Scott Palmer in E1, Steve Chrisman, Clay Millican in E2, Doug Kalitta, Antron Brown in E3; defeated by Steve Torrence in E3)

Last Event (Gainesville):
Qualified 14th; First round exit (defeated by Steve Torrence in E1)

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

Noteworthy:
  • The last time he competed in the Vegas Four-Wide Nationals (2018), Schumacher raced to a runner-up finish from the pole
  • While Schumacher is the most successful driver in NHRA Top Fuel history, he has yet to hoist a four-wide Wally trophy. He’s come close; finishing as the runner-up in 2012 and 2017 in Charlotte, in addition to his 2018 Vegas final round appearance
  • Schumacher leads the Top Fuel class in number of victories (eight) at LVMS:
    • Spring: 2004, 2009, 2013, 2014  
    • Fall: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010  
  • Schumacher leads the class in number of No. 1 qualifiers (11) at LVMS:
    • Spring: 2006, 2007, 2008  
    • Fall: 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2017, 2018 

Quotable:
“2018 was the last time I got to race the Vegas four-wide event, and we qualified on the pole and went to the finals. I don’t remember exactly what happened in that final round, but I do remember that I was ahead and something shut the car off. And, we’ve had a couple of runner-up finishes in Charlotte, so we know how to run well in the four-wides. I enjoy this format, but it’s been a few years for me, so I’m going to have to regain my composure a little bit, and remember how to stage the car a little differently. Todd Okuhara and Marc Denner are very knowledgeable when it comes to four-wide racing, and of course, they know how to tackle the Vegas track, so, we’re going to calmly approach qualifying with a fast race car. We’re getting better with each race. Back in Gainesville, we were leading the way in the first round and then just mowed through the clutch, so we know what we have to do. We’ve got to give our car some clutch, and we’ve got to get our Maynard Family Racing dragster to the finish line under power. It’s been a good car so far this year, but it needs to become a great car. There will be three great cars in the lanes next to me each run and we’ll just need to pull our weight. I look forward to getting out to Vegas, and I can’t wait to see the fans. We’d love nothing better than to get our first trophy together as a new team than at the Vegas Four-Wide Nationals.”

 

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