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Reading, Pa – Tony Schumacher leads the class in number of Top Fuel victories (five) at Maple Grove Raceway. Schumacher has been the Reading No. 1 qualifier seven times- the most of any Top Fuel driver at a single event.

The 2022 event marks Schumacher’s first time returning to Reading since 2018. Schumacher will make his first Countdown to the Championship appearance since 2018. So far in 2022, Schumacher has one win (Seattle), and one runner-up finish (Brainerd, Minn.) The winningest Top Fuel driver in NHRA history will be vying for his ninth series title.

“This is the first time where we’ve had a Countdown with more than 10 cars fighting for the Top Fuel title. There are 12 teams battling it out this year, and that’s exciting, and I’m one of those that believes this is the right decision. I think that if a team shows up, runs every race, makes a few qualifying runs, they deserve to be there. We are fortunate that we didn’t get in that way. We got into the Top 10, and stayed in the Top 10, based on the way we performed, and we’re proud of that.

“I haven’t competed in a Countdown since 2018 and I’ve never started from tenth, but I’ve had incredible success at Reading, and I look forward to starting off on a good note and getting the momentum going. The team has spent a lot of time this week trimming weight from our car, so we’re coming in lean and mean. I’m not foolish enough to think we’re going to run the numbers that Brittany (Force) and (Mike) Salinas have been running, but we’re heading in the right direction. And honestly, it doesn’t matter how quick your car is, what matters is how you race on race day. We’ve been to two final rounds over the last four events, and we expect another long Sunday of going rounds this weekend.” explained Tony.

Countdown to the Championship Ranking: 10th

Reading Event Highlights: Five-time event champion (2003 – 2005, 2008, 2014), Three-time runner-up (1999, 2015, 2018), Seven-time No. 1 qualifier (2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2014)

2018 Reading Recap: Qualified second; Event runner-up (defeated Dan Mercier in E1, Scott Palmer in E2, Antron Brown in E3; defeated by Steve Torrence in E4) Note: Did Not Compete in 2019, 2021; 2020 canceled due to COVID

Last Event (Indianapolis): Qualified 13th; First round exit (defeated by Mike Salinas in E1)

Career Statistics: 528 races; 86 event wins; 88 No. 1 qualifiers

2022 Statistics: 16 races; one win; one runner-up finish

Fan Events: Schumacher and the SCAG Power Equipment show car will visit Ebling’s Service Plus (730 E. Lincoln Ave., Myerstown) on Friday, Sept. 16 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

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