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Tony Schumacher powered to the Winner’s Circle with a run of 3.946 seconds at 313.58 mph in his U.S. Army dragster to take down Mike Salinas in the final round.
Schumacher, Capps and Coughlin Jr. Emerge Victorious at Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
Tony Schumacher locked down his first Top Fuel victory of the season last Sunday as he emerged victorious at the 18th annual Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. Ron Capps (Funny Car) and Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) were also victorious in their respective categories at the 11th of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. Schumacher powered to the Winner’s Circle with a run of 3.946 seconds at 313.58 mph in his U.S. Army dragster to take down Mike Salinas in the final round. This was Schumacher’s third final round of the season and the 150th of his career, as he now has six career victories in Bristol in eight career final rounds at the facility. Capps secured his first victory of the season and 59th of his career as his 4.234 at 296.37 in his NAPA Auto Parts Dodge Charger R/T was enough to take down Bob Tasca III in the finals. Coughlin Jr. brought home the Pro Stock victory after driving to a 6.709 at 205.10 in his JEGS.com/Elite Performance Chevrolet Camaro to take down points leader Greg Anderson in the final round. The 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season continues at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, June 21–24.
Brian Brown With Champion Racing Oil Wins Sixth Victory of the Year at Knoxville
Brian Brown is off to the hottest start of his career at Knoxville Raceway, where he captured his sixth feature victory in seven A Main starts last Saturday. He opened the event by qualifying fourth quickest. He then advanced from fifth to third place in a heat race, which lined him up on the inside of the second row for the 20-lap A Main. Brown will continue to ride his momentum into his debut at Farley Speedway in Farley, Iowa, on Friday with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series before he returns to Knoxville Raceway on Saturday.
Audrey Worm Joins Team Edelbrock Racing
Edelbrock has announced Audrey Worm as the latest addition to Team Edelbrock Racing. She started her racing career in her dad’s Slingshot Dragsters shop’s nostalgia front-engine dragster at the age of 16, and competed in nostalgia drag races nationwide for more than eight years. She earned her Top Fuel license on Labor Day weekend in 2017, and made her NHRA debut at Maple Grove Raceway in September 2017 during the Dodge NHRA Nationals. Audrey is one of the only modern-day NHRA drivers to move from Nostalgia dragster directly into Top Fuel racing. She is currently driving the Leverich family dragster that is wrapped in Team Fox and OutrunPD. She will compete in at least eight NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel races this year. Worm was named by Drag Illustrated in 2015 as one of their “30 Under 30” most influential people in drag racing. She is a rookie driver in the running for the NHRA Auto Club Road to the Future Award.
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