Saturday, July 28, 2007

NHRA top fuel dragster

NHRA top fuel dragster - Tony Schumacher powers the U.S. Army top fuel dragster off the line during his quarter-final run Monday. Schumacher finished number two on the day, but rose atop the Powerade points standings due to his dominating performance all weekend.

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Indianapolis Raceway Park, Ill. (Army News Service, Sept. 6, 2005) – The Army drag racing team didn’t take home any trophies at this Labor Day weekend’s 51st Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, but their strong performance earned them improved positions in the Powerade championship points battle.

NHRA top fuel dragster

Leading the way was top-fueler Tony “Sarge” Schumacher, whose nitro-powered Army dragster dominated the weekend, smashing track records in both speed and elapsed times.

Schumacher’s poise and focus showed in his superb reaction times, as he beat eight of his nine opponents off the starting line, and blasted to the finish at over 329 miles per hour. His best quarter-mile was timed at just 4.459 seconds, a feat he achieved twice in a row in cooler conditions Friday and Saturday nights.

The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) is a drag racing governing body, which sets rules in drag racing and host events all over the United States and Canada.

The National Hot Rod Association was founded by Wally Parks in 1951 in the State of California to provide a governing body to organize and promote the sport of drag racing. The first nationwide NHRA sponsored event was held in 1955, in Great Bend, Kansas. (Typical for the era, this race was held on a World War II-constructed training air field.) The "Nationals", held in the summer and the winter each year, are the premier events in drag racing that brings together the best cars and drivers from across North America. The Nationals are now held at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis in Clermont, Indiana and are officially called the U.S. Nationals. Winners of national events are awarded a trophy statue of Wally Parks. The trophy is commonly called by its nickname, “Wally”.

Text credit: GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article, National Hot Rod Association

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