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After four days of private testing in South Florida when teams tried new parts, pieces and performance, the top teams in NHRA drag racing including the seven-car Don Schumacher Racing contingent were finally able to race side by side Friday night.
And the best efforts were produced by Don Schumacher Racing.
The most impressive run of the night was in Funny Car when Jack Beckman and crew chief Rahn Tobler produced a stunning 4.037-second, 312.35-mph run in the Valvoline NextGEN Dodge Charger R/T before about 4,000 at Palm Beach International Raceway.
It was the quickest run ever for Beckman.
Beckman’s run was against teammate and reigning NHRA Funny Car champion Matt Hagan, whose Aaron’s Dream Machine lost traction early in the race.
PRO WINTER WARM-UP RESULTS
Palm Beach International Raceway
Friday Night’s Results
Teams were paired by position in final 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series standings, and were randomly paired for the second session.
Racing Saturday begins at 5 p.m. with the second session scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
Don Schumacher drivers are indicated in bold/italic.
TOP FUEL DRAGSTER
W-Clay Millican 3.985 sec., 302.01 mph
Terry McMillen 4.187 sec., 220.98 mph
W-Bob Vandergriff Jr. 3.825 sec., 322.04 mph
Doug Kalitta 3.844 sec., 318.99 mph
David Grubnic 13.882 sec., 36.99 mph
W-Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army 3.810 sec., 322.88 mph
Antron Brown, Aaron’s/Matco Tools 3.815 sec., 322.27 mph
W-Spencer Massey, FRAM 3.812 sec., 324.20 mph
Hillary Will (bye run) 5.465 sec., 118.27 mph
Courtney Force (bye run) 4.341 sec., 265.06 mph
Alexis De Joria 10.576 sec., 73.25 mph
W – Johnny Gray, Service Central Dodge Charger R/T 4.270 sec., 303.50 mph
W – Tim Wilkerson 4.184 sec., 251.53 mph
John Force 9.574 sec., 68.96 mph
Jeff Arend 4.126 sec., 68.09 mph
Robert Tasca III 10.18 sec., 68.09 mph
Ron Capps, NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T 4.302 sec., 226.35 mph
W- Mike Neff 4.385 sec., 215.75 mph
W-Robert Hight 4.062 sec., 315.85 mph
Cruz Pedregon 4.068 sec., 310.05 mph
W – Jack Beckman, Valvoline NextGEN Dodge Charger R/T 4.037 sec., 312.35 mph
Matt Hagan, Aaron’s Dream Machine Dodge Charger R/T 9.300 sec., 73.40 mph
TOP FUEL DRAGSTER
David Grubnic 9.08.sec., mph
W-Terry McMillian 4.129 sec., 220.98 mph
Clay Millican 9.467 sec., 73.36 mph
W-Doug Kalitta 3.970 sec.,277.54 mph
W-Antron Brown, Aaron’s Dream Machine/Matco Tools 3.794 sec., 323.27 mph
Spencer Massey, FRAM 3.813 sec., 323.19 mph
Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army 8.851 sec., 78.31 mph
W-Bob Vandergriff Jr. 3.836 sec., 319.37 mph
Hillary Will (bye run) 4.339 sec., 197.88 mph
Ron Capps, NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T 9.780 sec., 72.65 mph
W-Johnny Gray, Service Central Dodge Charger R/T 8.815 sec., 80.37mph
W-Alexis DeJoria 9.168 sec., 77.63 mph
Bob Tasca III 5.531 sec., 127.25 mph
John Force 4.580 sec., 239.40 mph
W-Matt Hagan, Aaron’s Dream Machine Dodge Charger R/T 4.062 sec., 315.71 mph
W-Mike Neff 4.088 sec.,310.34 mph
Courtney Force 9.309 sec.,55.79 mph
Robert Hight 4.056 sec., 306.33 mph
Jack Beckman, Valvoline NextGEN Dodge Charger R/T 4.389 sec.,204.11 mph
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