Commerce: Tony Schumacher preview

SCHUMACHER LOOKING TO TAKE ATLANTA DRAGWAY OFF THE LIST COMMERCE, Ga., April 14 - After winning 58 races over a 14-year span one would think U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher has conquered every drag strip known to ...

SCHUMACHER LOOKING TO TAKE ATLANTA DRAGWAY OFF THE LIST

COMMERCE, Ga., April 14 - After winning 58 races over a 14-year span one would think U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher has conquered every drag strip known to man.

"There's no doubt you would assume such a thing," said the six-time world champion.

In actuality, Schumacher has yet to win at three tracks on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series tour - Heartland Park in Topeka, Kan., Virginia Motorsports Park outside of Richmond and Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga.

This weekend at the famed Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals, the Chicago-area resident will be looking to eliminate the latter venue from his non-victory list.

"It would be nice to finally get a win down there," said Schumacher. "For some reason over the years, Atlanta Dragway has not been very kind to me."

Schumacher has only two final rounds to his credit at the 34-year-old facility. Last year, he lost to Antron Brown on a "hole shot."

"It's definitely time to get that first win in Georgia," he added. "From a team perspective, we need to stay on a roll."

Schumacher is clearly on a roll having won the last two races in Houston and Las Vegas. He heads for the Peachtree State sitting atop the Top Fuel standings.

"It's funny that we're basically in the same position this year after five races as we were last year," he said. "We have two wins, hold the lead and we've compiled just about the same number of points (415 points last year as compared to 412 points this year). That's pretty awesome, if you ask me."

Schumacher is fully aware he remains a marked man when it comes to his Top Fuel competitors.

"I told the guys we can never let up for a second," he offered. "Our Army Strong Soldiers never accept defeat and never quit. We're going to be the same way for the next eight months."

-credit: dsr

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Tony Schumacher