A Championship Visit
Four-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher was in the Cup garage Friday, talking with Mark Martin at the Army hauler for the No. 01 Chevy. The Army also sponsors Schumacher's dragster.
Schumacher has won the last two Top Fuel titles on the last pass of the final event. He doesn't mind when people say his team is a little lucky.
"That's OK," Schumacher said. "I would much rather be on the team that people say is lucky than the team that people say, 'Man they just can't catch a break.'
"But we make a lot of luck with [tuner] Alan Johnson and a crew that is absolutely flawless at crunch time. I can't write a script any cooler than the last two years, but I'm sure there's one out there."
This season was the first year of The Countdown, the NHRA's version of a Chase playoff system. Tony Stewart is the only Cup driver to win championships in the old points system and the Chase, and Schumacher now is the only NHRA driver to win titles in both formats.
"I like that a lot," Schumacher said. "It's not only that we won in both, but I won the last one the old way and the first one the new way. That's really cool. Later in life it'll probably mean even more to me."