SCHUMACHER TAKES AIM ON THUNDER VALLEY BRISTOL, Tenn., June 15, 2010 - Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher seems to have a little more bounce in his step when the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series weekend at Bristol (Tenn.) Dragway pops up on the...
SCHUMACHER TAKES AIM ON THUNDER VALLEY
BRISTOL, Tenn., June 15, 2010 - Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher seems to have a little more bounce in his step when the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series weekend at Bristol (Tenn.) Dragway pops up on the schedule.
"For sure, I love going down there," said the driver of the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster as he prepared for the upcoming Thunder Valley Nationals. "It's such a great facility and you can't beat the location with the surrounding mountains."
Schumacher also knows Bristol Dragway has been the home of some incredible performances over the years. Personally, he has three wins to his credit - 2004, 2008 and 2009.
"We'll be going for three-in-a-row in Bristol," added the seven-time world champion. "After this past weekend in Englishtown, we could use a pick me up of sorts."
At Old Bridge Township (N.J.) Raceway Park last Sunday, Schumacher was on the losing end of a second round race to point leader Larry Dixon.
"It was disappointing to lose so early in the day," he said. "In particular, getting beat by Larry was tough to take since we wanted in the worst way to cut into his lead. But, we're not going to dwell on that one race. There are many more to come before the Countdown to 1 arrives."
Including Bristol, six races remain before the NHRA's "playoffs" commence in Indianapolis during Labor Day weekend. Schumacher would like his team to mount a consistent charge between now and then.
"We'd love to get on a roll as we approach the U.S. Nationals," he added. "Of course, once we get to the Countdown to 1, the points will be reset. If we're still in second, we'll only be 30 points behind. Then, it will be game on."
In 2010, Schumacher is attempting to collect his seventh straight world title and the eighth of his career. He knows he will have to jump over many hurdles to reach his objective.
"Every round at every race is a real battle," he said. "But, nobody ever said this would be easy. Our Army Strong Soldiers deal with a lot on a daily basis and they find a way to get the job done. We're definitely going to try and take a page out of their book."
Should Schumacher advance to the finals in Bristol, it will be his 100th career final round. That mark is not lost on the Chicago-area resident.
"That's a lot of opportunities to win races," he offered. "I'm hopeful we not only get to the finals in Bristol, but we close the deal. We love bringing home trophies."