Baytown: Tony Schumacher final report

SCHUMACHER ABSORBS TOUGH SECOND ROUND LOSS BAYTOWN, Tex., March 30 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, suffered a second round loss here Sunday in the O'Reilly Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park. In dropping a...

SCHUMACHER ABSORBS TOUGH SECOND ROUND LOSS

BAYTOWN, Tex., March 30 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, suffered a second round loss here Sunday in the O'Reilly Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park.

In dropping a close race to Doug Herbert, Schumacher posted his earliest exit from a race thus far in 2008. He had previously banked two wins and a semifinal round advancement in three events.

Schumacher, who took out seventh-place qualifier, Brandon Bernstein, in the opening round, recorded a very respectable 4.585-second pass at 316.97 mph against Herbert, but the latter was slightly better in stopping the clock with a 4.572-second pass at 315.49 mph.

"You have to give Doug and his team all the credit," said Schumacher. "It was a tight race from start to finish. We're definitely not going to get down about this effort. We'll keep pushing forward, while trying to make our Army Soldiers proud." Schumacher and his team will now prepare for the SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in two weeks.

"We've got a long season ahead," he added. "Every team is going to have to get over some speed bumps along the way. We just happened to hit one here in Houston.

There's no such thing as a perfect season in our sport, so the only thing you can do is to keep working hard. If you do that, positive results will come." As the '08 campaign unfolds, Schumacher will be looking to claim his sixth career world championship, which would be a Top Fuel record.

"This is not about me winning championships," he said. "Instead, this is all about the U.S. Army team winning titles for our Army Soldiers. Without those brave men and women, we're not racing 24 weekends a year."

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Tony Schumacher , Brandon Bernstein