Baytown: Tony Schumacher preview

SCHUMACHER EYES RETURN TO NORMALCY BAYTOWN, Tex., April 6, 2010 - He freely admits it was fun while it lasted, but U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher is ready to get back to the normal way of doing business. After...

SCHUMACHER EYES RETURN TO NORMALCY

BAYTOWN, Tex., April 6, 2010 - He freely admits it was fun while it lasted, but U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher is ready to get back to the normal way of doing business.

After experiencing the inaugural Four-Wide Nationals two weeks ago at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, the seven-time world champion is looking forward to a return to two-wide competition here this weekend in the O'Reilly Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park (HRP).

"Most definitely," said the Chicago-area resident. "We had a good time with the four- wide deal, but now it's time to get back to the way we're used to racing."

Schumacher arrived in Charlotte holding the points lead, but departed in second-place after losing in the second round of eliminations. Starting line issues helped with his early exit. "That one was on me," he offered. "I deep staged and left the line exceptionally late,

which usually spells trouble in the end. I felt bad for the guys because they gave me a good car that could've won the race. I owe them one this weekend."

The good news for Schumacher is he's heading to a track where he's had success. He has two wins to his credit at HRP, the most recent of which came last season.

"The win last year was pretty special," he said. "It was the first victory with what was at the time my new team and crew chief (Mike Green). Of course, we went on to score four more wins and the world championship. But, it was the race at HRP that kick started everything."

Schumacher knows if the weather is right he might deal with one fast drag strip come Sunday. Sitting just east of downtown Houston, HRP has been known as a site for record-setting performances due to its close proximity to Trinity Bay which typically pushes in cool air.

"If the conditions are there, we'll all be hauling the mail for sure," he said. "As usual, it's going to be a real dogfight. We're going to have to be extremely focused to get the job done. The competition in Top Fuel is fierce right now. But, like our Army Strong Soldiers, we'll be totally prepared. We'll always put the mission first and never quit, I will guarantee you that."

-source: dsr

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