SCHUMACHER SECOND ROUND LOSER RETAINS TOP SPOT IN STANDINGS LAS VEGAS, Nev., April 13 - For the second straight race, U.S. Army Top Fuel driver, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, was beaten in the second round of eliminations here Sunday in the ...
SCHUMACHER SECOND ROUND LOSER RETAINS TOP SPOT IN STANDINGS
LAS VEGAS, Nev., April 13 - For the second straight race, U.S. Army Top Fuel driver, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, was beaten in the second round of eliminations here Sunday in the SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The defending world champion, who swept away Steve Chrisman in the opening round, could not make his way down a challenging track in a round two loss to Brandon Bernstein.
"I guess we just had too much power for a hot track," said the Chicago-area resident. "I understand that the track temperature was over 120 degrees for that second round. As it happened, we both had trouble with tire smoke, but his problems developed further down track."
Schumacher left the starting line earlier than Bernstein and was ahead at the 60- foot mark, but his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster began to lose traction which enabled Bernstein to go around him at half track.
Despite the early round loss, Schumacher will retain the Top Fuel point lead as the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series heads for Atlanta Dragway in two weeks for the famed Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals.
"For sure, that's something to hang our hats on," said Schumacher. "We've managed to hold the lead through five races, which is pretty neat. Needless to say, we have to continue to improve if we want to stay on top."
Schumacher, who qualified number one for the first time this season, is seeking his sixth career world title in 2008, which would be a Top Fuel record.
"Like it is with our soldiers, failure is never an option with this U.S. Army team," he added. "We'll certainly go down to Atlanta Dragway in a couple of weeks looking to get another victory."