SCHUMACHER PREPARED FOR ROUND TWO ENNIS, Tex., September 22 - U.S. Army Top Fuel pilot Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher will tackle the second leg of the NHRA's Countdown to 1 - the O'Reilly Super Start Batteries Fall Nationals - here this weekend at...
SCHUMACHER PREPARED FOR ROUND TWO
ENNIS, Tex., September 22 - U.S. Army Top Fuel pilot Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher will tackle the second leg of the NHRA's Countdown to 1 - the O'Reilly Super Start Batteries Fall Nationals - here this weekend at the Texas Motorplex.
After posting a semifinal round finish in Charlotte, N.C. last Sunday, Schumacher heads for the Lone Star State locked in a tie for second-place in the standings with Antron Brown, 10 points behind leader and Don Schumacher Racing teammate, Cory McClenathan.
"Things are heating up in a hurry with this Countdown," said the Chicago-area resident. "Including Larry Dixon, you have four drivers all within 21 points of each other. That's awfully intense."
Schumacher is hoping his U.S. Army dragster will continue to perform flawlessly once action commences on the all-concrete drag strip located outside of Dallas. "We've been running well," said the six-time world champion. "Really, going back to the Indy test session right on through last weekend, the car has been going down the track consistently. That's what we need to have happen if we're going to win another title for our Army Strong Soldiers."
The Dallas-area stop is the second of four straight race weekends for the Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. The tour will also move through Memphis and Richmond, Va., respectively.
"We're at crunch time," added Schumacher. "This is an especially tough stretch for everyone. We better be on our game from this point forward or we'll be exiting the championship hunt pretty quickly."
With the Texas Motorplex trip forthcoming, Schumacher certainly has fond memories of his previous visits to drag racing's first "super track."
He captured his first pro victory in 1999 over the late Scott Kalitta and later went on to take wins in 2004 and 2005. Last year, he lost to J.R. Todd in the finals.
"I love going down there," he said. "Obviously, the track where you won your first professional race will always stand out from all the rest."