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1 Ricky Taylor 226
2 Christian Fittipaldi 207
2 Joao Barbosa 207
3 Misha Goikhberg 200
3 Stephen Simpson 200
4 Dane Cameron 199
4 Eric Curran 199
5 Ryan Dalziel 183
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6 Jonathan Bomarito 181
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7 Joel Miller 168
8 Johannes Van Overbeek 162
9 Renger Van Der Zande 148
9 Marc Goossens 148
10 Ed Brown 117

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1 James French 216
2 Don Yount 182
3 Buddy Rice 120
4 Kyle Masson 108
5 Gustavo Yacaman 89
6 Nicholas Boulle 68
7 Garett Grist 62
8 Ryan Lewis 62
9 Sean Rayhall 60
10 Daniel Burkett 60

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1 Antonio Garcia 182
2 Alexander Sims 179
2 Bill Auberlen 179
3 Joey Hand 172
3 Dirk Mueller 172
4 Richard Westbrook 169
4 Ryan Briscoe 169
5 Dirk Werner 159
5 Patrick Pilet 159
6 Oliver Gavin 151
6 Tommy Milner 151
7 John Edwards 151
7 Martin Tomczyk 151
8 Laurens Vanthoor 151
9 Giancarlo Fisichella 104
9 Toni Vilander 104
10 Kevin Estre 78

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1 Christina Nielsen 203
1 Alessandro Balzan 203
2 Jeroen Bleekemolen 195
2 Ben Keating 195
3 Andy Lally 179
3 Katherine Legge 179
4 Jens Klingmann 168
5 Lawson Aschenbach 166
5 Andrew Davis 166
6 Madison Snow 165
6 Bryan Sellers 165
7 Daniel Morad 162
8 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 152
8 Jeff Segal 152
9 Patrick Lindsey 150
10 Cooper Macneil 147

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2 #5 Mustang Sampling Racing 207
3 #85 Jdc-Miller Motorsports 200
4 #31 Whelen Engineering 199
5 #2 Tequila Patron Esm 183

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1 #38 Performance Tech 216
2 #26 Bar1 Motorsports 185
3 #20 Bar1 Motorsports 182
4 #8 Starworks Motorsports 58
5 #88 Starworks Motorsport 28

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1 #3 Corvette Racing 182
2 #25 BMW Team Rll 179
3 #66 Ford Chip Ganassi 172
4 #67 Ford Chip Ganassi 169
5 #911 Porsche Gt Team 159
6 #4 Corvette Racing 151
7 #24 BMW Team Rll 151
8 #912 Porsche Gt Team 151
9 #62 Risi Competizione 104
10 #68 Ford Chip Ganassi Uk 50

GTD
1 #63 Scuderia Corsa 203
2 #33 Riley Motorsports - AMG 195
3 #93 M. Shank W/ Curb-Aga 179
4 #96 Turner Motorsport 168
5 #57 Stevenson Motorsports 166
Schumacher, Hight, Line, Arana No.1 at Atlanta

by Pete McCole
Sunday, May 6, 2012

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Tony Schumacher leads Top Fuel
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Topping their respective divisions during Friday’s opening qualifying rounds, Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana, Sr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) remained atop the leaderboards following Saturday’s qualifying for the 32nd Annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event at Atlanta Dragway.

Friday’s cooler track temperatures gave way to hotter, slicker track conditions in Saturday’s two sessions as the track temperature reached 139 degrees and speeds fell way below Friday’s record-breaking numbers.

In Top Fuel, the top 12 remained unchanged from Friday with Schumacher holding the top spot with a run of 3.815 at 322.58 mph - enough to eclipse the previous track record of 3.820 set by Spencer Massey in April of 2009 – and secure his first no.1 qualifier position of the season and 68th of his career.

“We’ve got a great race car,” Schumacher said. “Being the No. 1 qualifier, we’re going to go out there and at least have a chance to run where we want to run, what lane we want, and all those good things that come with it. I’ve been saying all along we’re not going to go out and have any easy rounds, but at least it’s our choice when and what lane. We’re going to win one of these things.

“We’ve got a great car, a great team. We’ve just had terrible luck. If we go out and get a little luck, it will turn. It always does. I look forward to starting a winning streak tomorrow.”

Steve Torrence continued his stellar run with his third straight top two start, clocking in at 3.827 at 320.74 mph to take the second position. Shawn Langdon (3.830/313.88), Spencer Massey (3.839/320.13) and Antron Brown (3.842/323.12) rounded out the top five.

The only real drama in top fuel was at the back of the pack, as eight drivers jockeyed for the final four spots.

Morgan Lucas rallied back from going up in smoke twice on Friday to race his way to the 13th position. Clay Millican, J.R. Todd and Pat Dakin all raced their way in, bumping Dom Lagana from the field. Dakin will face Schumacher in the opening round.

Robert Hight
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It was the same story in Funny Car as the top 12 stayed right where they were from Friday with Robert Hight claiming his fourth pole of the season and third in the last four events, posting a 4.104 at 308.35 mph in his quest for his fifth victory in the last six races and the seventh straight for John Force Racing.

“There’s a lot of cars that are bunched up there,” said Hight, who will face Bob Bode in the opening round of eliminations on Sunday. “It’s going to be a tough, tough race tomorrow. I’m excited for it. You’re going to see a lot of close, side-by-side racing.

“When you win a race like this, it’s a little more special. You probably are going to need a few breaks along the way because anything can happen in this heat.”

Ron Capps will start second with a 4.114/309.27, followed by Bob Tasca III (4.121/302.35), Cruz Pedregon (4.135/304.19) and Tim Wilkerson (4.138/303.23)

Hight’s teammate Mike Neff had an abysmal weekend, failing to make a complete pass with three blown engines and missed the field for the first time since 2008. Blake Alexander and Todd Lesenko also failed to qualify.         

Speeds were a bit faster in Pro Stock qualifying, but the top five remained unchanged with defending event winner Jason Line winning his fourth no. 1 qualifier spot of the season.

Line posted a 6.607 at 209.04 mph to improve on his time from Friday and remain the top qualifier. He has qualified second or better in all seven events so far this season.
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“It was obviously hotter out here today, but the NHRA crew did a great job,” Line said. “For a race track that was this hot, I’d say that their preparation work was phenomenal. We just tried to make good, safe runs today, and we feel very good about going into tomorrow’s eliminations.”

Allen Johnson will start second, posting a 6.613 at 209.23 mph. Greg Anderson took third at 6.625/208.84, with Ronnie Humphrey (6.631/208.88) fourth and Mike Edwards (6.635/208.71) fifth.

Warren Johnson qualified in the bump spot and will face Line in the opening round.

Hector Arana, Sr. earned his second straight no. 1 qualifier in Pro Stock Motorcycle with a pass of 6.894 at a track speed record of 193.82 mph. Eddie Krawiec took second at 6.895/195.42. Hector Arana Jr. was third at 6.950/192.85 followed by Michael Ray (6.981/191.21) and Andrew Hines (6.987/192.06)

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