Dallas: Tony Schumacher final report

SCHUMACHER NAILS FIFTH WIN OF THE YEAR TAKES OVER POINTS LEAD ENNIS, Tex., September 27 - U.S. Army Top Fuel pilot Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher won his fifth race of the season here Sunday in the O'Reilly Super Start Batteries Fall Nationals at...

SCHUMACHER NAILS FIFTH WIN OF THE YEAR TAKES OVER POINTS LEAD

ENNIS, Tex., September 27 - U.S. Army Top Fuel pilot Tony "The Sarge"
Schumacher won his fifth race of the season here Sunday in the O'Reilly Super Start
Batteries Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.

Schumacher, who was the number three qualifier, posted a 3.944-second pass at
312.86 mph in the final round against Larry Dixon and as a result took over the Top Fuel
points lead.

"What a great day for the U.S. Army team," said the defending world champion.
"Mike Green (his crew chief) and the guys were exceptional today. As usual, they
performed brilliantly."

This is the first time since the Topeka race in May that Schumacher has been on
top of the standings.

"The guys want to win the world title in the worst way," he said. "They're really
digging down deep when it counts the most."

En route to his match up with Dixon, Schumacher cut down T.J. Zizzo, Antron
Brown and Spencer Massey in the opening three rounds. It was the first time in four tries
that Schumacher got the best of Massey.

"They're all huge right now," said the Chicago-area resident. "We only have four
races left so you better be on your game each and every run or else you're going to be
eliminated from contention."

With the 2009 Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season winding down,
Schumacher is looking for his sixth consecutive world title.

"We want to win another one for our Army Strong Soldiers," he added. "They
work so hard every day so it's on us to give them something nice in return."

With the Dallas-area stop finished, the NHRA tour will now point towards
Memphis (O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals) and Richmond, Va. (Virginia Nationals),
respectively, the next two weekends. Schumacher won at both tracks last year.

"We need to stay focused and everything will be just fine,' he said. "I have a great
team and complete confidence we can complete our championship mission."

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Tony Schumacher , Spencer Massey