St. Louis: Tony Schumacher preview

SCHUMACHER READY FOR ST. LOUIS VISIT MADISON, Ill., April 29 - After advancing to his third final round of the season last Sunday, U.S. Army Top Fuel driver, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, will be looking to take an extra step forward here this ...

SCHUMACHER READY FOR ST. LOUIS VISIT

MADISON, Ill., April 29 - After advancing to his third final round of the season last Sunday, U.S. Army Top Fuel driver, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, will be looking to take an extra step forward here this weekend in the O'Reilly Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway.

Having held the point lead over the opening six races of the season, Schumacher would love to emerge from the shadows of the famed St. Louis arch with his third victory of the year.

"That's certainly the plan," said the five-time world champion. "We lost a real close battle to Antron Brown (his former U.S. Army Racing teammate) at Atlanta Dragway, so we need to close the deal this time around."

The Chicago-area resident is quick to say how pleased he is with the progress shown to date by the U.S. Army team. Despite the loss to Brown in the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals, his dragster performed flawlessly throughout qualifying and on race day.

"We had a great car down there and there's no reason to think that it will be any different once when we get to Gateway," said Schumacher. "When you have a crew chief like Alan Johnson, you just expect that you're going to be challenging for the win every time out."

Schumacher is off to his best start since his record-setting 2004 campaign when he captured 10 races.

"That's pretty exciting," he offered. "Of course, as I always stress, we ultimately want to win another world title for our soldiers. That's the only objective. We've got a long road ahead and we're going to keep plugging away." Schumacher won for the first time in his career at Gateway in 2006. Previously, he had but one other final round appearance back in 1999.

"Admittedly, it hasn't been one of our better tracks," he said. "But, the past is the past and all we're concerned with is what happens this weekend."

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Tony Schumacher