Indy ORP: Tony Schumacher final report

SCHUMACHER CONTINUES HOT STREAK INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., September 1 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, rolled to his sixth straight victory here Monday in the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O'Reilly Raceway Park. After beating...

SCHUMACHER CONTINUES HOT STREAK

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., September 1 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, rolled to his sixth straight victory here Monday in the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O'Reilly Raceway Park.

After beating Doug Kalitta in the finals with a 3.916-second pass at 309.13 mph, Schumacher set the NHRA Top Fuel record for most consecutive wins as well as the NHRA record for most wins in a single season - 11.

Additionally, the Chicago-area resident is now tied with Joe Amato for the most career Top Fuel wins - 52.

"Wow," said the five-time world champion. "It just seems to keep getting better and better as the season goes along. Of course, as always, this was a total team effort. We were mission-oriented, just like our Army Strong soldiers are."

From an event standpoint, Schumacher won for the seventh time in Indianapolis. He's now one win short of tying Don Garlits for the most Top Fuel U.S. Nationals victories.

"Again, all I can say is wow," he added. "To be part of a conversation that includes someone the caliber of Don Garlits is just incredible. He's one of the guys who helped make this sport what it is today."

On the way to another U.S. Nationals title, Schumacher had to put aside the news from earlier in the weekend which revealed that his long-time crew chief, Alan Johnson, was leaving Don Schumacher Racing at the end of the season.

"We were all sad to hear the news, but we had to suck it up and focus on the job at hand," he said. "We've got another championship to win and we're not going to let any distractions get in our way."

With the regular season complete, Schumacher will now turn his attention to the beginning of the playoffs - the Countdown to One - in two weeks at zMax Dragway outside of Charlotte, N.C.

Schumacher's whopping lead in the Top Fuel standings will be reduced to 30 points over Antron Brown going into round 19 of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

"It will be gut check time," he said. "We've got to go down to Charlotte and make a statement so we can set the tone for the remaining races. We can't let up for a minute."

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Tony Schumacher , Joe Amato , Doug Kalitta , Don Garlits , Don Schumacher