MOMENTUM KEY FOR SCHUMACHER ON U.S. ARMY BIRTHDAY WEEKEND ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., June 9, 2010 - Coming off a victory and a final round appearance in the last two races, U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher will be looking to...
MOMENTUM KEY FOR SCHUMACHER ON U.S. ARMY BIRTHDAY WEEKEND
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., June 9, 2010 - Coming off a victory and a final round appearance in the last two races, U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher will be looking to continue his march forward here this weekend in the 41st annual NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
A seven-time world champion, Schumacher will also be trying to give his long-time sponsor - the U.S. Army - a nicely wrapped 235th-birthday present in the form of another national-event win.
"Fortunately, over the years, we've been able to give the Army a lot of trophies," said Schumacher. "But, clearly, the ones collected on special occasions like the Army's birthday mean more to everyone. We're going to be working real hard to get our Army Strong Soldiers to victory lane this Sunday."
Following a win at Heartland Park Topeka and a final round appearance last Sunday at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., Schumacher moved from fourth to second in the standings. He trails leader Larry Dixon by 135 points.
"We've made a lot of gains in recent weeks," offered the Chicago-area resident. "Mike Green (his crew chief) and the guys are really burning the midnight oil in an effort to get the Army dragster completely prepared for the stretch run." Counting the Englishtown tour stop, just seven races remain before the Countdown to 1 (championship playoffs) begins.
"We want to really be buzzing along by the time we finish with the race at Brainerd (Minn.) the middle of August," added Schumacher. "Obviously, when it becomes 'money time' over the last six races, we're going to set our sights on winning another world title." After struggling at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park for much of his professional career, Schumacher's most recent visits have produced a win (2008) and a semifinal round appearance (2009).
"I believe we've gotten over the hump in New Jersey," he said. "Last year, we even qualified number one. I'm feeling good about putting up another solid performance. "Again, we're going to be celebrating the Army's 235th birthday, so it's important we make it a special weekend for them. I encourage everyone to remember our Army Strong Soldiers, both past and present, and honor them for their service to our nation."
Just prior to Saturday's first Top Fuel qualifying session, Schumacher will join his U.S. Army Racing teammate, Antron Brown, his dad/team owner, Don Schumacher, as well as NHRA and U.S. Army representatives, for a birthday cake -cutting ceremony at the starting line.