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Schumacher takes NHRA Top Fuel win

CHANDLER, Ariz. — Tony Schumacher defeated Morgan Lucas in the tire-smoking Top Fuel final at the NHRA Arizona Nationals on Sunday for his 70th victory and fourth at Firebird International Raceway.

Schumacher and Lucas lost traction early but Schumacher got his 8,000-horsepower dragster under control first. He had a 4.606-second run at 213.20 mph, while Lucas finished in 4.652 at 258.67.

"When you can win ugly like that it is so much fun," Schumacher said. "Both cars were set up to run really fast and we both overpowered the track. It was lift, pedal, lift, pedal all the way down. I could hear Morgan beside me the whole time. As a driver that kind of race is so much fun and I enjoy winning like that more than a record run."

Ron Capps topped Funny Car, and Erica Enders-Stevens won Pro Stock. Capps raced to his 39th victory and third at the event, topping Matt Hagan in the final. Enders-Stevens outran top qualifier Mike Edwards for her fifth career victory.

East Bay Raceway: Danny Holtgraver won the 360 Sprints main event, the $10,000 Ronald Laney Memorial, late Saturday in Gibsonton.

Schumacher takes NHRA Top Fuel win 02/24/13 [Last modified: Sunday, February 24, 2013 10:37pm]
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