SCHUMACHER SEEKS FIRST WIN AT ATLANTA DRAGWAY COMMERCE, Ga., May 11, 2010 - If one were to look at Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher's racing resume, one would clearly assume he's mastered every drag strip around the world. "Man, I wish that were...
SCHUMACHER SEEKS FIRST WIN AT ATLANTA DRAGWAY
COMMERCE, Ga., May 11, 2010 - If one were to look at Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher's racing resume, one would clearly assume he's mastered every drag strip around the world.
"Man, I wish that were the case," said the driver of the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster as he prepared for the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals. "You would think after totaling 63 career wins, there's no track out there I still have to conquer."
In fact, this weekend's tour stop at Atlanta Dragway has posed a tremendous challenge to Schumacher over the years. It's one of two tracks where he has yet to win - the other is Heartland Park Topeka (Kan.), which follows Atlanta Dragway on the 2010 schedule.
"We've come close in Atlanta, but just haven't been able to close the deal for some reason," offered the Chicago-area resident. "Perhaps, this will be the year we finally get the job done."
Schumacher did record final round appearances in 2000 and 2008 at Atlanta Dragway. In '08, he lost to his current Don Schumacher Racing/U.S. Army Racing teammate, Antron Brown.
"I thought we were going to get the first one against Antron, but it just wasn't to be," he said. "I guess we have to subscribe to the theory that good things come to those who wait." If the recent race in St. Louis can be viewed as an indicator, Schumacher may be crossing Atlanta Dragway off his wish list come Sunday afternoon.
"It was nice to get back to victory lane in St. Louis a couple of weeks ago," said Schumacher. "We owed our Army Strong Soldiers another trophy. We ran really well out there, so we're hoping we can carry over that performance into this weekend."
With his win at Gateway International Raceway, Schumacher moved up a spot in the standings from fifth to fourth. He now trails third-place Doug Kalitta by a scant six points, second-place Cory McClenathan by 51 points and leader Larry Dixon by 92 points.
"We're definitely in the hunt, which is all you can ask for," said Schumacher. "We're only a third of the way through the season, so we'll try to keep improving with each race while looking to move up even more in the order. We know every weekend is going to be a serious battle. We have to stay focused and prepared if we're going to remain in contention."