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Schumacher Posts Fastest-Ever NHRA Run

May 23, 2005

HEBRON, Ohio (AP) _ Tony Schumacher had the fastest run in NHRA history Sunday, traveling 336.15 mph to win the top fuel division at the Pontiac Performance Nationals at National Trail Raceway.

Schumacher won for the third time this year and the 24th time in his career with a time of 4.489 seconds over a quarter-mile, beating Doug Kalitta’s 4.513 seconds at 324.90 mph.

``It took us a couple of races to get it back together, but I think we’re there,″ said Schumacher, who went 334.57 in the quarterfinals. ``We had some intense rounds today ... It’s nice to be able to give this track the title of world’s fastest dragstrip.″

John Force, Greg Anderson and Ryan Schnitz won their respective divisions in the eighth of 23 events.

Force claimed his third Funny Car victory of the season and 117th of his career with a run of 4.776 seconds and 324.51 mph. He increased his series points lead by edging rival Gary Scelzi in a photo finish.

Scelzi ran 4.764 at 326.79.

Anderson won his second consecutive Pro Stock race of the season and the 33rd of his career by outrunning Kurt Johnson. Anderson ran 6.737 at 204.35, while Johnson finished in 6.787 at 204.20. It was Anderson’s fourth consecutive victory at the track.

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