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Seattle Pre-Race Report

Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals Event 13 of 22 Pacific Raceways Kent, Wash. July 29-31, 2022

TONY SCHUMACHER Driver of the Okuma Top Fuel Dragster

Seattle Event Highlights:

  • Four-time event champion (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008)

  • Three-time runner-up (2005, 2009, 2011)

  • Four-time No. 1 qualifier (2004, 2008, 2014, 2016)

2018 Seattle Recap:

Qualified fourth; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Terry McMillen in E1; defeated by Antron Brown in E2)

Note: Did Not Compete in 2019; 2020, 2021 canceled due to COVID-19


Last Event (Sonoma):

Qualified 13th; First round exit (defeated by Steve Torrence in E1)


Career Statistics:

524 races; 85 event wins; 88 No. 1 qualifiers


Noteworthy:

  • Joe and Cathi Maynard will make their debut as NHRA team owners this weekend at the 2022 NHRA Northwest Nationals. It was announced on Sunday evening following the Sonoma event that the Maynard family would assume the majority ownership role of the Schumacher-piloted Top Fuel team.

  • This weekend’s event marks Schumacher’s first time competing at Pacific Raceways since 2018

  • Schumacher leads the Top Fuel class in number of No. 1 qualifiers (four) at Pacific Raceways: 2004, 2008, 2014, 2016

  • The eight-time Top Fuel world champ is currently participating in a fundraiser to benefit Speedway Children’s Charities, and is auctioning off a bottle of his own custom-created wine. The auction ends this Sunday, 7/31, at noon PT. To bid: http://bitly.ws/t58X

Quotable:

“It’s no secret that we’re struggling on the track, but we hope the fans understand that we’re working every day and every week to make it right. Our stats are fantastic in Seattle; I’ve won it four times, and have performed extremely well there but these are different circumstances. We’ve got to get the car running right. Know that we’re putting in every single bit of effort to do that. Drag racing is one of those sports of ebbs and flows, and I’ve been on both sides of that many times. Parts change, pieces change, and we have to figure it out.


“This will be our first race competing under the Maynard Family banner, and we want to start this new chapter off on a strong note. We so desperately want this to be our get-healthy weekend, and we’re working extremely hard at doing whatever we can to get our performance up to the level it needs to be.”






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