Date published: May 18, 2012
Journal code: NDRG
Tony Schumacher's runner-up finish in Top Fuel and Eddie Krawiec's win in Pro Stock Motorcycle at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals raised the pair back to the No. 1 points position in their classes, and incoming leaders Robert Hight and Greg Anderson furthered their leads in Funny Car and Pro Stock, respectively.
Incoming Top Fuel points leader Antron Brown dropped to third after his first-round exit, allowing teammate Spencer Massey to leapfrog him and making the top three an all-Don Schumacher Racing affair. Schumacher leads by just 25 points. Morgan Lucas dropped a spot to fourth, and race winner Steve Torrence moved up a spot to fifth. David Grubnic's stay in the top 10 lasted just one race, and the man whom he had supplanted, Brandon Bernstein, replaced him.
Mike Neff 's DNQ in Funny Car didn't cost him his second-place ranking, but he now shares it with race winner Ron Capps; they both trail event runner-up Hight by 203 points. Cruz Pedregon and Johnny Gray both leapfrogged Jack Beckman into fourth and fifth, respectively. Despite earning her fifth round-win of the season, rookie Courtney Force dropped to 10th place.
Anderson increased his lead over teammate Jason Line from 59 to 72 after beating him in the Pro Stock final. Allen Johnson and Mike Edwards both moved past Vincent Nobile, dropping the Houston winner to fifth place. The rest of the top 10 remained intact.
Krawiec turned a six-point deficit to teammate Andrew Hines into a 67-point lead with his win and Hines' second-round exit. Runner-up Michael Ray zoomed from ninth to sixth, trailing Hector Arana Jr. and Sr. and Karen Stoffer.