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Maynard Family Racing Pre-Race Report: Topeka

Topeka Pre-Race Report

Menards NHRA Nationals Presented by PetArmor Event 14 of 22 Heartland Motorsports Park Topeka, Kan. Aug. 12-14, 2022

TONY SCHUMACHER Driver of the Scag Power Equipment Top Fuel Dragster

Topeka Event Highlights:

  • 2010 winner

  • 2013 runner-up

  • Two-time No. 1 qualifier (2011, 2017)

2018 Topeka Recap: Qualified fourth; Semifinal finish (defeated Bill Litton in E1, Leah Pruett in E2; defeated by Clay Millican in E3) Note: Did Not Compete in 2019, 2021; 2020 canceled due to COVID-19 Last Event (Seattle): Qualified third; Event champion (defeated Scott Palmer in E1, Shawn Langdon in E2, Justin Ashley in E3, Brittany Force in E4) Career Statistics: 525 races; 86 event wins; 88 No. 1 qualifiers 2022 Statistics: 13 races; one win Noteworthy:

  • Schumacher enters the race weekend fresh off a win from Seattle, the NHRA Camping World Series’ most recent event

  • Joe and Cathi Maynard will be looking to extend their undefeated streak as team owners after Schumacher’s NHRA Northwest Nationals victory, their first event since taking over the Schumacher-piloted Top Fuel team

  • This weekend’s event marks Schumacher’s first time competing at Heartland Motorsports Park since 2018

  • Despite having not competed in Topeka since 2018, Schumacher still holds the track’s E.T. record of 3.660 seconds, which he achieved at the 2017 event

  • Through their partnership with A Soldier’s Child, the Maynard Family Racing team, along with support from Ron Capps, will be hosting a Gold Star Family at Heartland Motorsports Park during the race weekend. The family will be recognized during NHRA’s pre-race ceremonies on Sunday morning

Fan Events:

  • Thursday, August 11, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Schumacher will be visiting Premier Farm and Home (900 SW University Blvd, Topeka)

  • Thursday, August 11, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m., Schumacher will be making an appearance at Menards in Topeka (6401 SW 17th St.)

*Both events are free and open to the public. Autograph cards will be provided. Quotable: “It's great to be going to Topeka this weekend after our big win in Seattle two weeks ago. We didn’t have all of the performance we wanted but we’re moving in the right direction. After Seattle, we spent the week at Scag headquarters in Wisconsin where we got to hang with the CEO, CFO, the plant managers, got to tour the facility, and the best part was, we brought our Scag Top Fuel dragster to their company picnic and fired it up for everyone. “I can’t wait to get back to Heartland Motorsports Park. It’s been several years since I last raced there, and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone out there this weekend. We still hold the track record from 2017, which is pretty neat. Phil Shuler is able to join us again this weekend, working alongside Todd Okuhara and Marc Denner, and it’s always nice to have an extra set of eyes. The goal is to go for two-in-a-row this weekend, and hopefully, we can end our Sunday in the winner’s circle again.”


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