Schumacher raced a track elapsed-time record of 3.673 seconds at 332.67 mph. in his U.S. Army dragster.
Jack Beckman was first in the Funny Car class, Greg Anderson in his Pro Stock car and Eddie Krawiec on his Pro Stock Motorcycle were also provisional No. 1 qualifiers in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship.
“We’ve won this race a lot of times and we probably have more data than anyone at this race track,” Schumacher said. “We have a good quality map to look at and we know what to do here. It’s hard to run great here, yet we go out and do it.”
Jack Beckman drove his Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger R/T to a 3.867 second pass at 329.50 mph. to take the preliminary lead in the Funny Car category.
“The problem with running good early is that the track is going to continue to cool down,” Beckman stated. “It’s going to get better and they just saw what the track is capable of. Everybody else is smart enough to go back and give it a little more clutch. To watch it stand for the rest of the Funny Cars surprised me.”
Greg Anderson secured the Pro Stock number 1 qualifying spot with a 6.663 seconds pass at 204.73 miles per hour in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevrolet Camaro.
“We stepped on them tonight,” said Anderson. “Tonight, the sun went down, and we got after them. We knew the track would tighten up and we went for it. That’s what you do on Friday night qualifying. If you want the pole you’ve got to be bold.”
Eddie Krawiec currently leads the Pro Stock Motorcycle class in points and today in qualifying with a 6.936 second pass at 191.76 mph. on his Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson.
“I’ve got a great motorcycle under me and a great team behind me,” Krawiec stated. “I think there’s a good potential for people to go faster tomorrow though. You need to have your stuff together coming out of here and be on your game.”