Schumacher Loses To U.S. Army Teammate In Semifinals
U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher lost in the semifinals of the Ford Thunder Valley Nationals here Sunday to his U.S. Army Racing teammate, Antron Brown, at Bristol Dragway.
Schumacher, who was bidding for his first win of the season this weekend, recorded a 3.872-second pass at 320.20 mph, but it was a little slower than Brown's 3.832-second run at 321.04 mph.
"It was another great race between two great teams," said Schumacher. "Even though we didn't get that first trophy of the year, we still had what I believe was a productive weekend. We're going to keep battling until success comes our way. We need to do that for our Army Strong Soldiers."
After qualifying in the eighth spot and then sitting through a four-hour rain delay on race day, Schumacher rolled over Shawn Langdon in the first round of eliminations and then number one qualifier, Brandon Bernstein, on the way to his meeting with Brown.
"We put up a couple of solid laps against Shawn and Brandon," said the seven-time world champion. "I felt like we could be just as strong against Antron, but they were that much better. That's the way it goes sometimes."
While Schumacher dropped to fifth in the standings with the loss to Brown, he's looking forward to jumping back into the fight next weekend at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.
"Most definitely," he said. "We're making a lot of progress with every race, so we are ready to bust out. We are going to take it to them again next weekend."
Brown, after taking out Schumacher in the semis, met defending world champion, Larry Dixon, in the finals. The New Jersey native posted a 3.851-second trip at 306.19 mph, but Dixon claimed his first victory of the year with a 3.836-second run at 318.09 mph.
"We came up a little short," said Brown, who is fourth in the points. "We were side-by- side for much of the race and he got me right there at the end. I'm sure it was exciting for the fans that waited a long time today with the rain.
"All in all we had a good weekend here in Bristol. Like Tony, we'll just turn our focus on the race in Norwalk (Summit Racing Equipment Nationals). I got to the finals last year against Dixon up there, so maybe I can turn the tables on him this year."