SCHUMACHER LOOKING FOR SOLID OUTING BEFORE PLAYOFFS BRAINERD, Minn., August 10, 2010 - With the NHRA's playoffs fast approaching, U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher will clearly be seeking a positive result here this weekend...
SCHUMACHER LOOKING FOR SOLID OUTING BEFORE PLAYOFFS
BRAINERD, Minn., August 10, 2010 - With the NHRA's playoffs fast approaching, U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher will clearly be seeking a positive result here this weekend in the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway. Schumacher, who enters the 17th race of the season holding second-place in the standings, would like to stuff a race car trailer with plenty of momentum going into the upcoming six-race Countdown to 1.
"Absolutely, we want to do that," said the seven-time world champion. "We have the race this weekend in Brainerd and then its show time starting with the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals (in Indianapolis) during Labor Day weekend. We'd really love to grab a win going into Indy." The Chicago-area resident would also like to solidify his second-place spot prior to the start of the Countdown. He sits only 32 points ahead of his Don Schumacher Racing teammate, Cory McClenathan.
"We can't make any mistakes up there in Minnesota," he added. "We want to be as close to the leader (Larry Dixon) as possible once the playoffs start. We'd prefer to be less than two rounds of racing behind (30 points) instead of a full two rounds behind (40 points)." With four wins in the bank thus far in 2010, Schumacher is attempting to win his seventh straight world championship. He's quite cognizant of the mine field that's laid out in front of him.
"There's no question it's going to be a real battle the rest of the way," he said. "We will have to reach down for that little extra every time out to be successful. Of course, that's what our Army Strong Soldiers do every day. We definitely want to win another title for those brave men and women."
This Sunday, Schumacher will be trying to claim his fourth career win at Brainerd International Raceway. He beat McClenathan to take the event crown in 2008.
"It's a bit of an effort to travel there, but I think all of the drivers enjoy going to Brainerd," said Schumacher. "We get a lot of fans that come down from Canada which is nice to see. We're certainly going to try and put on another great show for them. With any kind of luck, they will see the U.S. Army dragster back in victory lane."