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Schumacher looking to continue winning ways at home

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Defending NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Top Fuel champion likes his chances heading into a 'hometown' race this weekend.

Courtesy: NHRA Media Relations

Chicago, Illinois- Tony “The Sarge” Schumacher comes “home” this weekend looking to continue his winning ways – and avenge last year’s first-round ouster – at the 13th Annual United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals here at Route 66 Raceway.

“I go into every race looking to win, but I especially want to do well here on my turf, on a track just over an hour from where I live,” said the seven-time and defending NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel Dragster champion. “Home cooking has been good for me in the past and, coupled with the great car my U.S. Army crew has been giving me lately, I expect results more like 2008 than 2009.”

In 2008 Schumacher qualified first, had the fastest dragster of the weekend and went on to win this race; in 2009 he went out in a first-round upset loss.

Schumacher moved into third place in the championship standings two weeks ago at the latest race in the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series with his win in Topeka and is 11 points – less than one round – out of second.

“I feel good; love being home among family and friends and really look forward to this race,” he said. “It also felt good winning in Topeka and getting the Army’s 100th drag-racing win (Schumacher-60, Don Prudhomme-24, Angelle Sampey-10 and Antron Brown-6).

“Driving for the Army is a special honor and responsibility, because I represent the men and women who have dedicated their lives to protecting ours and our freedom. Our team approaches its job the way these Army Strong soldiers do theirs – with resolve to successfully accomplish their mission and to never accept defeat.”

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Motorsports correspondent Doug Pace keeps up with motorsports news and notes from around the region.