‘THE SARGE’ MAKES HISTORY AT U.S. NATIONALS
INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 09, 2012 -- There is just something about Indianapolis that brings out the best in NHRA Top Fuel driver Tony “The Surge” Schumacher.
Despite having to wait an extra week to complete his mission of becoming the all-time winningest Top Fuel driver in U.S. Nationals history, Schumacher returned to his old form, delivering four consecutive knockout punches at the famous Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis drag strip en route to his record-breaking ninth U.S. Nationals Top Fuel win Sunday.
Schumacher beat his Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) teammate Spencer Massey in the final with a run of 3.806 seconds, 315.34 mph. Massey trailed at 3.828 seconds, 319.37 mph.
Antron Brown flexed his muscle early but narrowly missed joining Schumacher in the final when his DSR teammate Massey took him out with a run of 3.807 seconds, compared to Brown’s run of 3.829 seconds in the first semifinal.
“Today was probably the most gratifying of the nine wins,” Schumacher said. “With the chance to win my ninth, I have to go against my teammate, who I know has been qualifying better and running as good as or better than us, and for them to have lane choice, it was just a perfect moment. To leave on Spencer at the light was just great. My goal for the day was to leave on everyone at the light. I did that. (Crew chief) Mike (Green) and all the Army guys made the car go fast, and here we are with another trophy.” Read Full Article