SCHUMACHER ROLLS TO 15th VICTORY LAS VEGAS, Nev., November 2 - A day after clinching his fifth consecutive NHRA POWERade world championship, U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher went out and captured the ACDelco Las Vegas ...
SCHUMACHER ROLLS TO 15th VICTORY
LAS VEGAS, Nev., November 2 - A day after clinching his fifth consecutive NHRA POWERade world championship, U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher went out and captured the ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals here Sunday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
For Schumacher it was his 15th win of the season and the 56th of his career. In two weeks at the season finale in Pomona, Calif., he will have the opportunity to set the all- time single season victory mark which was set by Pro Stock driver Greg Anderson in 2004.
"Just incredible," said the Chicago-area resident. "This U.S. Army team just keeps making magic. After clinching the title yesterday, I don't think anyone would have blamed us if we weren't totally on our game today. But, that's not how we operate. Like our Soldiers, we expect to be perfect every time we come to work."
Schumacher had to get past the likes of Joe Hartley, Clay Millican, Larry Dixon and Rod Fuller on the way to collecting another event trophy.
"That was not an easy road for us," he said. "In fact, we had to change engines twice before we even got to Fuller in the finals. For some reason, we had some mechanical issues today. But, in the end, all that matters is that we were standing on the top step in victory lane."
In addition to the possibility of setting the single season win record in Pomona, Schumacher will also try to break Anderson's single season round win mark. Currently, he's one round win short of tying Anderson's 76 round win record which was also set in '04.
"The way I look at it is that we might as well put an exclamation point on the year," said Schumacher. "It would definitely be fitting to end what has been a dream season by setting a couple more records."
The Auto Club of Southern California NHRA Finals will take place at Auto Club Raceway, November 13-16.