Joliet: Tony Schumacher preview

SCHUMACHER READY FOR SOME HOME COOKING JOLIET, Ill., June 2 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher admits to being a one-race-at-a-time kind of guy, but clearly there's one date on the schedule that always gets his utmost ...

SCHUMACHER READY FOR SOME HOME COOKING

JOLIET, Ill., June 2 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher admits to being a one-race-at-a-time kind of guy, but clearly there's one date on the schedule that always gets his utmost attention.

"Without question, I look forward to when the tour hits Route 66 Raceway," said the six-time world champion. "I live a little over an hour away from the place, so I'm happy to be playing the proverbial home game."

As in years past, Schumacher will have plenty of family and friends on hand when the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series chugs into Route 66 Raceway this weekend for the United Association Route 66 Nationals.

"You can count on that," he added. "Even though I have a lot of people pulling at me all of the time, it's a fun time. I wouldn't have it any other way."

Coming off a quarterfinal round loss in Topeka, Kan. last weekend, Schumacher could probably use a little change of scenery. He heads for his home track holding a 43- point lead over Antron Brown in the Top Fuel standings.

"We were disappointed we didn't go more rounds last Sunday," he said. "However, a new race weekend is forthcoming and we're going to try to get back in the win column. You can't dwell on the past. You can only to deal with what's right in front of you.

"As always, we want to win for our Army Strong Soldiers. We take great pride in representing those brave men and women who are protecting our freedom and way of life."

Schumacher hopes history will dictate the kind of performance he has on Sunday. Since 2003, he's recorded three wins and a final round at what's been called the first true stadium of drag racing.

"We've managed to do well there," he offered. "I would say most of the drivers really love racing at Route 66 Raceway. It's a state-of-the-art facility with an excellent track surface."

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Tony Schumacher