Kyle Busch Tops Tony Schumacher In Battle of Top Guns at zMAX Dragway
Kyle Busch and Tony Schumacher, the top drivers this season from NASCAR and the NHRA, dueled Tuesday at zMAX Dragway @ Concord to promote the upcoming playoff events at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In the coming weeks, the legendary motorsports complex will become the world's first to host both the NHRA Countdown to One with the Sept. 11-14 NHRA Nationals and the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup with the Bank of America 500 on Oct. 11.
Both drivers have respectively clinched the number one position heading into the playoffs and both are enjoying dream seasons. Busch has won a whopping 18 times in NASCAR's three national divisions, including a series best eight wins in Sprint Cup. Schumacher has also been spectacular, winning six consecutive NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Top Fuel events and winning 11 of the 18 races in the regular season. With his win at the NHRA U.S. Nationals on Monday in Indianapolis, Schumacher tied the great Joe Amato for most Top Fuel wins in a career with 52.
Racing identically prepared Toyota Camry pace cars, Busch and Schumacher matched up for a best two-out-of-three on the concrete quarter-mile dragway. The only advice that the five-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Schumacher gave his opponent was, "Don't wait to leave on green."
Apparently, that advice was more than enough, as "Rowdy" Busch beat "The Sarge" Schumacher off the line and onto victory to go up 1-0.
Schumacher, ready for revenge, was a little too anxious at the start of the second race, red-lighting to give Busch the win by default. But a last minute amendment to the rules by Charlotte Motor Speedway President and General Manager Marcus Smith, gave the competitors one more race, winner take all.
Busch used a .102-second reaction time to again beat Schumacher off the line and onto victory with the best pass of the day, a 14.544 elapsed time and top speed of 97.33 mph.
Afterward, Busch celebrated by honking the horn and feigning a bow out the side of the car window. Despite the loss, Schumacher was all smiles, joking that after only three races, "I already don't like him."
Four-day tickets for the inaugural NHRA Nationals at zMAX Dragway @ Concord start at just $99 for adults and $20 for children ages 12 and under. Each event ticket is also a pit pass, which allows fans access to the professional and sportsman pit areas.
Tickets for the Bank of America 500 on Saturday evening, Oct. 11, start at $29. All tickets for these two events can be purchased online or by calling the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS.