Seattle: Tony Schumacher preview

SCHUMACHER FOCUSED ON NEXT WESTERN SWING STOP KENT, Wash., July 13 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher has already put Sunday's Denver race in his rear view mirror and is now looking ahead to this weekend's Northwest...

SCHUMACHER FOCUSED ON NEXT WESTERN SWING STOP

KENT, Wash., July 13 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher has already put Sunday's Denver race in his rear view mirror and is now looking ahead to this weekend's Northwest Nationals here at Pacific Raceways. After absorbing a second round loss to Doug Kalitta in the MOPAR Mile-High Nationals, the Chicago-area resident is quickly turning his attention to the second leg of the NHRA's infamous three-race Western Swing.

"That's what we have to do," offered the six-time world champion. "We're not going to dwell on the past. We have another race coming up right away, so we need to concentrate our efforts there."

Despite his early exit at Bandimere Speedway, Schumacher feels his U.S. Army team is heading in the right direction and will bust out soon.

"I truly believe that," he said. "Mike Green (his crew chief) has the car dialed in quite nicely. I feel a win is right there within our grasp. We're definitely overdue to get a victory for our Army Strong Soldiers."

Schumacher will travel to the Pacific Northwest still holding third-place in the standings. He's two points removed from Larry Dixon in second and 118 points in back of Antron Brown in first.

"There's a lot of parity in the Top Fuel class this year," he said. "I'm very impressed with the amount of talented teams we have competing at every race. Anyone can rise up to win on a Sunday."

While Schumacher will enjoy the spectacular views of Mount Rainier this weekend, he will especially enjoy pulling through the gates of Pacific Raceways given his success there over the years.

"We've won three straight up there and four times in the last five years," he said. "I guess that's a pretty decent history to have."

Only Joe Amato has more Top Fuel wins at Pacific Raceways - five.

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Larry Dixon , Tony Schumacher , Joe Amato , Doug Kalitta