Schumacher claims top spot in Top Fuel

Originally Published: June 11, 2005
Associated Press

JOLIET, Ill. – Dave Connolly took the $50,000 King Demon Crown on Saturday at the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, winning the special bonus event for the season's eight-quickest Pro Stock cars when final-round opponent Jason Line fouled at the start.

Connolly, who qualified fifth for Sunday's eliminations, beat Mike Edwards and Kurt Johnson to make it to his second-straight Demon Crown final. With a win Sunday, Connolly would pocket a $25,000 "double-up" bonus from the NHRA.

Tony Schumacher, Robert Hight, Warren Johnson and Andrew Hines topped qualifying in their divisions in the $1.8 million event at Route 66 Raceway.

Schumacher raced to his fourth No. 1 position of the season and the 14th of his career with a 4.508-second run at 329.58 mph in his Top Fuel dragster.

Rookie Hight took his fourth top qualifying effort in Funny Car with a 4.726 at 328.86 in a Ford Mustang, and Johnson earned his 135th No. 1 qualifying position and fifth of the season by posting a 6.762 at 204.08 in a Pontiac.

Hines claimed his third top qualifying effort of the season and 11th of his career by riding his Harley-Davidson to a performance of 7.123 at 183.10.

Here are the results after Saturday qualifying (final eliminations Sunday):

Top Fuel
1. Tony Schumacher, 4.508 seconds, 329.58 mph., vs. 16. Scott Weis, 4.709, 313.88. 2. Doug Kalitta, 4.516, 329.83, vs. 15. Bobby Lagana Jr., 4.706, 317.12. 3. Brandon Bernstein, 4.527, 328.94, vs. 14. Tim Cullinan, 4.701, 309.20. 4. Cory McClenathan, 4.527, 325.14, vs. 13. David Baca, 4.699, 309.42. 5. Doug Herbert, 4.530, 321.12, vs. 12. John Smith, 4.640, 314.97. 6. Larry Dixon, 4.533, 327.43, vs. 11. Jack Beckman, 4.638, 286.32. 7. Morgan Lucas, 4.548, 327.90, vs. 10. Scott Kalitta, 4.595, 323.74. 8. David Grubnic, 4.566, 326.87, vs. 9. Rod Fuller, 4.592, 326.71.

Funny Car
1. Robert Hight, Ford Mustang, 4.726, 328.86, vs. 16. Bob Bode, Pontiac Firebird, 4.906, 300.40. 2. John Force, Mustang, 4.744, 326.24, vs. 15. Dale Creasy Jr., Chevy Monte Carlo, 4.890, 309.84. 3. Eric Medlen, Mustang, 4.771, 324.51, vs. 14. Gary Densham, Monte Carlo, 4.887, 314.02. 4. Tim Wilkerson, Monte Carlo, 4.775, 322.96, vs. 13. Tommy Johnson Jr., Monte Carlo, 4.842, 319.60. 5. Tony Pedregon, Monte Carlo, 4.780, 323.50, vs. 12. Cruz Pedregon, Monte Carlo, 4.840, 323.19. 6. Del Worsham, Monte Carlo, 4.791, 322.73, vs. 11. Ron Capps, Dodge Stratus, 4.826, 322.04. 7. Phil Burkart, Toyota Celica, 4.795, 318.02, vs. 10. Jeff Arend, Monte Carlo, 4.823, 310.27. 8. Bob Gilbertson, Monte Carlo, 4.801, 324.59, vs. 9. Gary Scelzi, Stratus, 4.816, 324.12.

Pro Stock
1. Warren Johnson, Pontiac Grand Am, 6.762, 204.08, vs. 16. Bruce Allen, Grand Am, 6.817, 202.00. 2. Kurt Johnson, Chevy Cobalt, 6.769, 204.08, vs. 15. Mike Edwards, Grand Am, 6.815, 202.55. 3. Greg Anderson, Grand Am, 6.769, 203.55, vs. 14. Jim Yates, Grand Am, 6.815, 202.21. 4. Jason Line, Grand Am, 6.784, 202.97, vs. 13. Greg Stanfield, Chevy Cavalier, 6.813, 201.97. 5. Dave Connolly, Cobalt, 6.789, 202.91, vs. 12. V. Gaines, Dodge Stratus, 6.812, 202.61. 6. Ron Krisher, Cobalt, 6.795, 202.42, vs. 11. Kenny Koretsky, Stratus, 6.809, 202.48. 7. Jeg Coughlin, Stratus, 6.799, 203.03, vs. 10. Rickie Smith, Cavalier, 6.803, 202.58. 8. Allen Johnson, Stratus, 6.800, 201.97, vs. 9. Richie Stevens, Stratus, 6.802, 203.31.

Pro Stock Motorcycle
1. Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 7.123, 188.36, vs. 16. Michael Phillips, Suzuki, 7.265, 188.57. 2. Antron Brown, Suzuki, 7.126, 188.75, vs. 15. Karen Stoffer, Suzuki, 7.264, 184.55. 3. Chip Ellis, Buell, 7.150, 185.66, vs. 14. Matt Guidera, Buell, 7.260, 184.25. 4. Matt Smith, Suzuki, 7.168, 186.36, vs. 13. Mike Berry, Suzuki, 7.246, 184.60. 5. GT Tonglet, Harley-Davidson, 7.173, 190.65, vs. 12. Geno Scali, Suzuki, 7.238, 184.52. 6. Ryan Schnitz, Buell, 7.202, 183.74, vs. 11. Craig Treble, Suzuki, 7.224, 184.22. 7. Angelle Sampey, Suzuki, 7.203, 184.25, vs. 10. Shawn Gann, Suzuki, 7.220, 185.79. 8. Steve Johnson, Suzuki, 7.204, 185.21, vs. 9. Chris Rivas, Buell, 7.205, 185.13.


Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press

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