ENNIS, Texas -- Tony Schumacher raced to the No. 1 qualifying position in Top Fuel at the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals on Saturday.
Schumacher claimed his sixth No. 1 of the season and 67th of his career by powering to a 3.863-second run at 319.07 mph in his dragster.
The seven-time Top Fuel world champ, who has five wins at the all-concrete drag strip including the past two seasons, will try to earn his first victory of the year when he meets Scott Palmer in Sunday's first round of eliminations.
Cruz Pedregon (Funny Car), Jason Line (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also will lead their respective categories into Sunday's eliminations as the No. 1 qualifiers at the second of six events in the Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship, NHRA's playoffs.
Two-time Funny Car world champ Pedregon earned his fifth No. 1 of the season and 44th of his career with a performance of 4.086 at 307.86 in a Toyota Solara.
In Pro Stock, Line earned his sixth No. 1 of the season, and fourth consecutive, with a track record performance of 6.553 at 211.20 in a Pontiac GXP.
Rookie of the year candidate Arana Jr. earned his fourth No. 1 qualifying position of the season in Pro Stock Motorcycle, setting a track record time of 6.828 with a speed of 195.42 on a Buell.