Heartland Park Topeka
SCHUMACHER PRIMED FOR VISIT TO TOPEKA
TOPEKA, Kan., - Coming off a final round appearance at Atlanta Dragway last Sunday, U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher is set for a battle here this weekend in the NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka. Holding fourth-place in the Top Fuel standings, Schumacher is eager to grab his first victory of the season after coming up just short against his U.S. Army Racing teammate, Antron Brown.
"We were so close to breaking the ice," said the Chicago-area resident. "Despite losing to Antron in the finals, we had a good weekend down there in Georgia. The U.S. Army car was pretty darn strong, if you ask me."
Schumacher and his U.S. Army team have been seeking consistency in an effort to rise up and challenge the drivers who are currently leading the pack - Del Worsham, Brown and Larry Dixon, respectively.
"If final eliminations last Sunday were any indication, we may have found what we were looking for," he offered. "We put together four outstanding runs. Of course, now we have to do it again in Topeka. We really can't wait to get going."
Schumacher is also excited about the opportunity to deliver a victory to his biggest supporters - the Army Strong Soldiers stationed around the world.
"Let's not forget about the significance of the next two weekends," said Schumacher.
"This Saturday is Armed Forces Day and then, of course, the following weekend we have Memorial Day. We would love to give our brave men and women a trophy to help mark those two important occasions."
When Schumacher enters the gates of HPT, he definitely won't have to hear the talk that followed him around Atlanta Dragway, which remains the only track on the schedule where he has failed to post a win.
It has a place in drag racing history.
Last year, Schumacher crossed HPT off the "never won" list when he disposed of his then Don Schumacher Racing teammate, Cory McClenathan, via a "hole shot."
"It was nice to erase Heartland Park from that list," he said. "I guess it's just one more to go with Atlanta. But, that will have to wait for another year. Of immediate importance is that we have business to deal with in Topeka. It's time we get four win lights on Sunday." Schumacher says he enjoys when the tour makes its annual stop in the middle of the country. The multipurpose HPT is actually one of his favorites.
"It has a place in drag racing history," he said. "In the Funny Car class, it was the site of the first four-second and 300 mph passes. To be sure, that's saying something."