Reading: Tony Schumacher final report

SCHUMACHER MARCHES TO FIFTH CONSECUTIVE WIN READING, Pa., August 17 - Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, who handles the controls of the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, secured his fifth straight victory here Sunday in the Toyo Tires Nationals at Maple...

SCHUMACHER MARCHES TO FIFTH CONSECUTIVE WIN

READING, Pa., August 17 - Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, who handles the controls of the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, secured his fifth straight victory here Sunday in the Toyo Tires Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

After beating Larry Dixon in the finals with a 3.845-second pass at 313.88 mph, Schumacher tied a couple of NHRA records that he had set previously in 2004 and 2005, respectively - most Top Fuel wins in a single season (10) and most consecutive Top Fuel victories (5).

"This is simply amazing," said the five-time world champion. "We're in a zone right now, to say the very least. We're going to continue to enjoy this run as long as we can."

On the way to his meeting with Dixon, Schumacher, who qualified number one, took out Brandon Bernstein and Clay Millican in the quarterfinals and semifinals. He had a bye through to the second round due to a 15-car field.

"Man, they were both close races," he said shaking his head. "If we slipped up just a little bit, we would have been sent packing. None of these races are easy by any means.

"As always, I'm just ecstatic that we were able to get another win for our Soldiers. We're out here competing because of their dedication and sacrifice. God bless them all."

Schumacher and his U.S. Army team will take a week off before turning their attention to the NHRA's most prestigious race - the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals over Labor Day weekend at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis.

The Chicago-area resident is a six-time Indy winner. Only Don Garlits has more U.S. Nationals Top Fuel wins - eight.

"We've had some good times out in Indy, for sure," said Schumacher. "We'll show up there looking to qualify and then we can think about the first round. That will be our only focus."

At O'Reilly Raceway Park, Schumacher will also have an eye on another prominent NHRA record. With a win, he could tie Joe Amato for the most career victories in Top Fuel (52).

"I guess it's one more to go," he said. "It seems like the more success we're having, it's getting more pressure-packed. But, I believe it's been proven that if there's a team that can handle pressure it's my U.S. Army team."

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Clay Millican , Larry Dixon , Tony Schumacher , Joe Amato , Don Garlits , Brandon Bernstein