20 Years Ago: Tony Schumacher Shattered the 330mph Barrier

20 Years Ago: Tony Schumacher Shattered the 330mph Barrier
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20 years! Two decades! That’s how long RacingJunk.com has been in business, and we are celebrating this milestone by looking back at some of the good, bad, ugly and just plain weird things that happened in the race and performance space 20 years ago! Every Thursday, we’ll throw it back to the end of the millenium and check out what 1999 had to offer (aside, of course, from Prince!). Want to share? Tag us with #RJ20Years in your social posts!

In the early rounds of the 1999 Checker-Schuck’s-Kragen Nationals in Phoenix, Ariz., Tony Schumacher became the NHRA’s first drag racer to meet or exceed the lightning-fast pace of 330 mph. He sped down the strip in his Top Fuel machine, reaching a record-smashing 330.23 mph against Dave Grubnic.

This wasn’t the last record on Schumacher’s hit list – for one, he supplanted Joe Amato as the driver with most wins in NHRA Top Fuel history with his 53rd career victory in 2008. His 330 mph dash just set the stage for future feats.

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