Don Schumacher Racing
SCHUMACHER LOSES FOR THIRD STRAIGHT TIME IN FINALS
KENT, Wash., August 7, 2011 - For the third consecutive week, U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher came up on the short end of a close final-round race here Sunday in the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways.
Schumacher, who was a finalist in Denver and Sonoma, Calif. the last two weekends, was beaten to the stripe this time around by points-leader Del Worsham.
Despite leaving the starting line first, Schumacher's 3.915-second run at 313.95 miles per hour did not keep pace with Worsham's 3.891-second pass at 316.38 mph. The margin of victory was approximately four feet.
"It was yet another close race in another final round," said Schumacher. "We just can't seem to finish the job for some unknown reason. I can tell you without hesitation that we are not going to quit. Our Army Strong Soldiers never accept defeat and we won't either."
It was Schumacher's fifth final round of the season. He has now gone 15 races without a win dating back to the 2010 fall Las Vegas race.
"To be honest, given how good this team is, it's really hard to imagine we have gone that long without a victory," said the seven-time world champion. "But, our day will definitely come. There is plenty of racing left this season and a world championship to go after."
With his final round advancement, Schumacher managed to move from fifth in the standings to fourth. He is now 25 points behind his U.S. Army Racing teammate, Antron Brown, in third and 69 points behind his Don Schumacher Racing teammate, Spencer Massey, in second.
"We are right there with those guys," said the Chicago-area resident. "We have two races to go before the Countdown to 1 starts, so if we can grab a win or two it would be huge. We would love to be right behind the leader going into the playoffs."
Brown, who took out Schumacher in the finals at Infineon Raceway last Sunday, was leveled by Schumacher in the semifinals at Pacific Raceways.
The New Jersey native, who had qualified number one, smoked the tires against Schumacher while the latter sailed on down the track with a 3.903-second trip at 313.66 mph.
"I guess Tony gave me a little payback right there," said Brown. "But, that's what happens when you have two terrific teams battling it out. We had a good weekend just the same.
We'll go enjoy an off weekend now and then come back strong in a couple of weeks." Schumacher and Brown will next head for Brainerd (Minn.) International Raceway,
August 18-21, for the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals. Each driver has had success in the Gopher State - Schumacher has three career wins and Brown four wins from his Pro Stock Motorcycle days.