St. Louis: Tony Schumacher final repoort

SCHUMACHER COMES UP SHORT IN FINALS MADISON, Ill., May 4 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, dropped a final round race here Sunday to Rod Fuller in the O'Reilly Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway. After...

SCHUMACHER COMES UP SHORT IN FINALS

MADISON, Ill., May 4 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, dropped a final round race here Sunday to Rod Fuller in the O'Reilly Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway.

After advancing to his second straight final and his fourth money round of 2008, Schumacher posted a 4.583-second pass at 325.45 mph in his confrontation with Fuller, but the latter banked a 4.525-second jaunt at 328.70 mph to claim the victory.

"It was yet another close one, that's for sure," said Schumacher. "I got out on him at the start and was ahead to about 100 feet, but then he motored on past and that was it." Schumacher beat Morgan Lucas, Alan Bradshaw and Hillary Will on the way to his meeting with Fuller.

"Despite not getting the win, it was still a great day for the U.S. Army team," he offered. "We worked real hard, just like our Soldiers do every day, and that's all you can ask of anyone."

With two wins and two other final round appearances to his credit thus far in '08, Schumacher has managed to hold the Top Fuel point lead since the season opener. The Chicago-area resident now leads Antron Brown, his former U.S. Army Racing teammate, by 68 points.

"That's really awesome," he added. "Last year at this time, we were clearly struggling and already had five first round losses. What a difference a year makes, right? I can guarantee you that Alan Johnson (his crew chief) and the guys will be looking for ways to improve even more."

The U.S. Army team will conduct a two-day test this week in preparation for round eight of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

"You have to keep doing research and development if you want to compete for a world title, "related Schumacher. "You can't rest on your laurels in this series." With three more elimination round wins in his pocket, Schumacher will now head for the O'Reilly Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol (Tenn.) Dragway in two weeks focused on the 400 round win mark.

"I understand that I need three more to reach 400," he said. "Of course, the goal will be to get those three and an additional one which will enable us to win the race down there."

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Tony Schumacher , Alan Bradshaw , Morgan Lucas , Rod Fuller , Hillary Will