SCHUMACHER RIDING HIGH AFTER BRISTOL WIN NORWALK, Ohio, June 22, 2010 ---Â It mattered little to U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher that his driver's suit was completely soaked with sweat after a tough final round win last ...
SCHUMACHER RIDING HIGH AFTER BRISTOL WIN
NORWALK, Ohio, June 22, 2010 --- It mattered little to U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher that his driver's suit was completely soaked with sweat after a tough final round win last Sunday over Brandon Bernstein at Bristol (Tenn.) Dragway. "There was no way I was going to let the heat get the best of me," said the seven-time world champion. "I was intent on enjoying what we had just accomplished - another national event victory. You have to savor those moments when they come."
To be sure, Schumacher had experienced this feeling before. In fact, it was the 65th time the Chicago-area resident had visited winner's circle. But, somehow, his third straight Bristol win felt a little different.
"With it being Father's Day, it definitely meant more," he said. "Not only was my dad there, but I had my son, Anthony, with me all weekend. I really had a good time with him. Seeing my dad and Anthony with the trophy was quite special."
With his fourth win of the season firmly secure, Schumacher is now looking forward to this weekend's Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.
The Summit Racing Equipment Nationals marks the start of the second half of the 23- race 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series schedule.
"It's hard to believe we're already halfway through the year," said Schumacher. "Of greater importance, however, is that only five races remain before the beginning of the Countdown to 1. We're all pointing towards the playoffs."
After his quarterfinal round win over Morgan Lucas in the Thunder Valley Nationals, Schumacher clinched a spot in the Countdown to 1.
"We were confident it was going to happen sooner or later, but it's always nice to know you're officially in the show," he said. "We can now focus our energy on winning races, while positioning ourselves to win another world championship for our Army Strong Soldiers." Schumacher heads for the Buckeye State holding second-place in the Top Fuel standings, 123 points removed from leader Larry Dixon.
"We managed to cut into Larry's lead quite a bit down in Bristol," he said. "Hopefully, we can continue to chip away even more this weekend. You never know - we might even be able to catch him and take over the lead by the time we get to the beginning of the Countdown to 1 (which begins at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis during Labor Day weekend)."