Richmond: Tony Schumacher final report

SCHUMACHER EXITS IN QUARTERFINALS MAINTAINS TOP FUEL POINTS LEAD RICHMOND, Va., October 11 - U.S. Army Top Fuel pilot Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher lost a close quarterfinal round race here Sunday to Antron Brown in the Virginia Nationals at ...

SCHUMACHER EXITS IN QUARTERFINALS MAINTAINS TOP FUEL POINTS LEAD

RICHMOND, Va., October 11 - U.S. Army Top Fuel pilot Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher lost a close quarterfinal round race here Sunday to Antron Brown in the Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park.

Schumacher recorded a quicker 1,000-foot trip than Brown (3.827-seconds to 3.833-seconds), but it was Brown who got the edge at the starting line and thus arrived at the finish line ahead of the six-time world champion.

"It was a great race," said the Chicago-area resident. "It was really back and forth right to the finish."

In fact, after Brown got the jump off the starting line, Schumacher passed him by the 330-foot mark, but Brown regained the lead after the U.S. Army dragster began mixing up some cylinders.

"That was a real battle," added Schumacher. "Those were two terrific teams going nose to nose. That's the way it should be given the fact we're in the Countdown to 1." Even though Schumacher failed to get out of the second round, he will hang on to the Top Fuel points lead since his primary competition, Larry Dixon, also dropped out in the same round.

"We were lucky right there," he added. "Of course, we also had an opportunity to extend our lead if we could have gotten by Antron. But, that's racing and we'll get back after it in a couple of weeks out in Vegas."

Following a two-week break in the schedule, the NHRA tour will travel to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Las Vegas Nationals, October 29-November 1. The season finale will take place two weeks later in Pomona, Calif., November 12-15. "I'm sure we'll have plenty of drama the last two races," he said. "But, we're on a mission to win another world championship for our Army Strong Soldiers. I can assure you we'll never accept defeat."

When Schumacher arrives in Vegas he'll be seeking his 500th career round win. If he converts same, he will become the eighth driver in NHRA history to achieve that mark.

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Larry Dixon , Tony Schumacher