SCHUMACHER BEATEN IN SEMIFINALS COMMERCE, Ga., April 19 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher lost in the semifinals to Spencer Massey here Sunday in the rain-plagued Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals at Atlanta ...
SCHUMACHER BEATEN IN SEMIFINALS
COMMERCE, Ga., April 19 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher lost in the semifinals to Spencer Massey here Sunday in the rain-plagued Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
Schumacher posted a better elapsed time than Massey (3.847-seconds to 3.865- seconds), but the latter was quicker off the starting line and thus just edged out the Chicago-area resident at the finish line.
"What can you say -- it was a good race," said the six-time world champion. "Spencer is a rookie, but he certainly doesn't drive like one. You have to tip your hat to him. He got off the line better and made it work."
Schumacher's reaction time was actually solid at .088-seconds, however, Massey took the green light at .056-seconds and that ended up being the difference.
"Today's race was tough, but just like our Army Strong Soldiers, we carried on and gave a great effort," added Schumacher. "My guys gave me a terrific race car all weekend. We have no reason to hang our heads."
Schumacher, who came into round six of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series having won two straight races, will depart the Peachtree State still sitting atop the Top Fuel standings.
"That's certainly where we want to be and where we want to remain," he said. "As the season moves along, the goal is to keep improving in every way. We've been doing that very thing from day one. We have a long season ahead of us so we have to stay focused and not be bothered by the occasional speed bump."
The U.S. Army team will now take a weekend off before traveling to Gateway International Raceway outside of St. Louis, May 1-3, for the O'Reilly Midwest Nationals.
"We'll definitely be ready to jump right back into the fight at that time," said Schumacher.