After winning at Bristol, Schumacher is hoping to so the same at his home track.
JOLIET, Ill. — Seven-time Top Fuel world champ Tony Schumacher couldn’t be more excited that the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series is heading to his home track, Route 66 Raceway, for the 15th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries. After ending a 32-race winless streak with a victory at the most recent event in Bristol, Tenn., Schumacher is ready to show the hometown crowd what NHRA Drag Racing is all about.
“Heading to Joliet for the next race — I couldn’t ask for a better situation,” Schumacher said. “Having just gotten that first win of the year and retaken the points lead, that’s what you want to bring with you to your home track. I can’t wait to race in front of my family and friends. It will be hectic, but very enjoyable.”
Schumacher not only went 32 straight races without a win, but he also went 0-11 in final-round appearances, another career first for the driver who has claimed 68 Top Fuel victories. Earning that win came at a perfect time for the U.S. Army team because not only was it Father’s Day weekend and the event before the NHRA headed to Schumacher’s home track, but it also was the U.S. Army’s 237th birthday.
“It feels great to finally get a win that a lot of people were pretty much anticipating,” Schumacher said. “We had been running well all season long, so we all felt it was only a matter of time. With that said, I won’t deny the fact that it’s sort of a weight off our shoulders. It was also awesome to win Bristol on the U.S. Army’s 237th birthday weekend. We always want to win for our Army Strong soldiers given what they do for us every day. But to be able to deliver them a birthday gift in the form of an event trophy was definitely something very special.”
Schumacher will look to tie legend Kenny Bernstein for the most wins at Route 66 Raceway and start another kind of streak, a winning streak.
“I hope we can reverse our old streak and start building a winning streak,” Schumacher said. “But you can’t take anything for granted in this sport. We just have to go to Joliet with the same kind of focus and determination that we’ve had all year and give it our best shot. Hopefully, that effort will produce another win.”