STREAK ENDS FOR SCHUMACHER IN FINALS ENNIS, Tex., September 21 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, had his win streak come to an end here today in the finals of the O'Reilly Super Start Batteries Fall Nationals at the Texas...
STREAK ENDS FOR SCHUMACHER IN FINALS
ENNIS, Tex., September 21 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, had his win streak come to an end here today in the finals of the O'Reilly Super Start Batteries Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.
After piling up 31 consecutive round wins since the Denver race in July, Schumacher was finally beaten in the final round by J.R. Todd.
"It had to end some time," said Schumacher of his win streak. "You have to tip your hat to J.R. and his team. They did what they had to do."
Schumacher's 3.910-second pass at 310.63 mph was actually a bit better than Todd's 3.912-second run at 309.84 mph, but the latter used a slight advantage at the starting line to arrive at the finish line ahead of the five-time world champion.
"It was a great race," added the Chicago-area resident. "We battled all day today, just like our Army Strong soldiers do every day. While it would have been nice to win another one, there's absolutely no reason for us to hang our heads."
The good news for Schumacher is that he was able to tack on 50 more points to his lead in the Top Fuel standings with just four races remaining in the season. He's now 97 points ahead of second-place, Antron Brown.
"You know, this loss kind of takes the pressure off," he added. "Instead of us hearing about records and streaks on a constant basis, now we can just concentrate on going out and winning another world championship."
Schumacher is shooting for his fifth consecutive title and the sixth of his career, which would be a Top Fuel record. Presently, he's tied with Joe Amato with five career crowns.
"We're in this to win championships, so that's what we'll be targeting the rest of the way," he said. "We've got plenty of work to do in the coming weeks." The NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series will move to Memphis Motorsports Park next weekend for the O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals.
"We're going to go to Memphis and try to start a new streak," said Schumacher. "I'm looking forward to these last four races. It should be a lot of fun."
Schumacher's performance in Texas produced three more NHRA records - most Top Fuel round wins in a single season (63), most Top Fuel final rounds in a single season (15) and most consecutive final rounds (8).
"Again, those numbers are terrific, but it's the big trophy that we want at the end of the year," offered Schumacher.