SCHUMACHER TO KEEP BATTLING UNTIL VERY END ENNIS, Tex., September 21, 2010 - As U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher walked out of zMAX Dragway last Sunday, it was virtually impossible for him not to hear an interesting ...
SCHUMACHER TO KEEP BATTLING UNTIL VERY END
ENNIS, Tex., September 21, 2010 - As U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher walked out of zMAX Dragway last Sunday, it was virtually impossible for him not to hear an interesting conversation taking place nearby.
"In not so many words, I heard a fan tell another that the Top Fuel championship was now decided since Larry Dixon had won the race," said the Chicago-area resident. "Of course, my reaction was one of disbelief. Nobody had told me as yet the Full Throttle trophy was being handed out. Last I saw, there was still plenty of racing left on the schedule."
In fact, four races remain in the NHRA's Countdown to 1, including this weekend's O'Reilly Super Start Batteries Fall Nationals here at the Texas Motorplex outside of Dallas. While Schumacher is now 148 points behind Dixon in third-place, he will not be packing it in any time soon.
"No way - this ain't over by a long shot," said the seven-time world champion. "We're going to keep fighting. Our Army Strong Soldiers never accept defeat and we won't either." Schumacher knows a win at the Texas Motorplex would cure a lot of ills and quickly return him to serious championship contention.
"Admittedly, we didn't have the kind of results we wanted in either Indianapolis or Charlotte," said Schumacher. "So, it's time to change all of that down in Texas. If we can get on a roll starting Sunday, who knows where we'll be by the time we get to Pomona (Calif.) in November."
Excluding potential qualifying points, Schumacher presently sits more than seven rounds of racing behind Dixon in the standings.
"And, there are 16 rounds of racing left on the table," he said. "If Larry goes out early in a race or two and we can run the table on those occasions, we'll be right back in it. Our goal is to go out and win the next four races - plain and simple."
Schumacher feels a test session conducted at zMAX Dragway on Monday could bear fruit sooner rather than later.
"We worked on a number of things," he offered. "Hopefully, we can put what we learned to good use at the Texas Motorplex. We know what it takes to win there, that's for sure."
Schumacher leads the Top Fuel class with four wins at the facility that was billed as drag racing's first "supertrack." One of those victories came in 1999, which was his first full season as a professional.
"Everyone remembers their first pro win," said Schumacher. "That's why I will always consider the Texas Motorplex a very special place."