SCHUMACHER DROPS CLOSE FINAL ROUND RACE COMMERCE, Ga., April 27 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, lost a tight final round race here Sunday to Antron Brown in the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals at Atlanta ...
SCHUMACHER DROPS CLOSE FINAL ROUND RACE
COMMERCE, Ga., April 27 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, lost a tight final round race here Sunday to Antron Brown in the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
Schumacher actually recorded a quicker quarter-mile time than his former U.S. Army Pro Stock Motorcycle teammate, but Brown used a slight advantage at the starting line (.035-seconds to Schumacher's .060-seconds) to secure the win.
"It was a great race, that's all you can say," offered Schumacher afterwards. "I had a pretty good reaction time, but he was just a bit better off the line. You have to tip your hat to him. He was spot on today."
In advancing to his third final of the season and the 73rd final round of his career, Schumacher kept the Top Fuel points lead. He has a 26-point advantage over Brown. "That takes some of the pain away from losing," he added. "We've managed to hold on to the lead now for six straight races. That's saying a lot about this U.S. Army team."
Schumacher, who disposed of Morgan Lucas, Hillary Will and Rod Fuller prior to his meeting with Brown, was hoping to present the U.S. Army Reserve a victory in honor of its 100th anniversary.
"We just came up a little short, I guess," he said. "It definitely would have been nice to have those brave men and women join me in the winner's circle." After completing his 250th professional race, Schumacher and his U.S. Army team will now focus on next weekend's O'Reilly Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway outside of St. Louis.
"We're running real well right now, so we're looking forward to getting back after it again in a just a few days."