Dallas: Tony Schumacher Friday notes

SCHUMACHER TAKES EIGHTH SPOT ENNIS, Tex., September 19 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, secured the eighth starting position here Friday after the opening day of qualifying for the O'Reilly Super Start Batteries Fall ...

SCHUMACHER TAKES EIGHTH SPOT

ENNIS, Tex., September 19 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, secured the eighth starting position here Friday after the opening day of qualifying for the O'Reilly Super Start Batteries Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. Schumacher, who is in the midst of seven-race winning streak, recorded a 3.880- second pass at 310.98 mph to end up in the top half of the field going into the final rounds of qualifying on Saturday.

"It was a nice job by everyone on the U.S. Army team," said the five-time world champion. "I guess everything continues to go well for us."

The Chicago-area resident arrived in Texas coming off an impressive victory at zMax Dragway last weekend in Charlotte, N.C. At that time, he became the winningest Top Fuel driver in NHRA history with 53 career wins.

"That was last weekend," he added. "This is a whole new deal. As far as I'm concerned, we're starting from scratch again. We've got to total some points on Sunday." Speaking of points, Schumacher blew into round two of the NHRA's Countdown to One holding a 46-point lead over Antron Brown in the standings. He's held the points lead since the season opener in February.

"Antron is right there with us so we can't relax," he said. "He's just a handful of rounds behind us. We've got to make another statement this weekend." Schumacher and his team have clearly been making statements for about three months. He's won 28 straight rounds of racing.

"And, we want to add four more to that number," he offered. "Again, we can't afford to take a breath. No matter the records that we've set in recent weeks, we're still in the middle of a heated championship chase. We want another POWERade trophy in the worst way."

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Tony Schumacher