Reading: Tony Schumacher final report

SCHUMACHER TAKEN OUT IN SECOND ROUND READING, Pa., August 23 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher lost a second round race to Larry Dixon here Sunday in the Toyo Tires Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway. After sitting through...

SCHUMACHER TAKEN OUT IN SECOND ROUND

READING, Pa., August 23 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher lost a second round race to Larry Dixon here Sunday in the Toyo Tires Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway.

After sitting through a four-hour plus delay due to water seepage issues on the track (he had already beaten Dom Lagana in the opening round of eliminations), Schumacher recorded a 4.025-second pass at 277.66 mph, but it was far short of Dixon's 3.961-second trip at 284.03 mph.

"That was a tough one to accept after waiting for so long to race," said the six- time world champion. "Like our Army Strong Soldiers, we gave it everything we had, but we just didn't get the desired result."

With his loss to Dixon, the Chicago-area resident dropped to third-place in the driver standings. He'll now turn his attention to preparing for the next race - the prestigious Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis over Labor Day weekend.

"We're going to go out to Indy and test on Wednesday," he said. "I'm sure we're going to throw everything at the car all day long. We need to not only get ready for the U.S. Nationals but also for the Countdown to 1."

While Schumacher will be looking to tie Don Garlits for the most career U.S. Nationals Top Fuel wins in a couple of weeks (eight), he'll also have an eye on the first race in the Countdown to 1, scheduled for September 17-20, at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, N.C.

"We'd like to get that eighth victory in Indy and then head into the playoffs on a high note," he offered. "It's definitely getting down to crunch time and I have tremendous confidence in my team and crew chief (Mike Green) that we're going to get the job done and win another world title."

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Tony Schumacher , Don Garlits , Dom Lagana