Schumacher targets milestone 400th round win at Thunder Valley
Tony Schumacher salutes the troops with a special paint scheme on his Top Fuel ride at Thunder Valley as he chases his 400th career round win, he writes in his diary.
Updated: May 15, 2008, 2:27 PM ETBy Tony Schumacher | Special to ESPN.com
It's actually pretty incredible that I've notched so many round wins in such a short amount of time. Of course, we want to keep adding to that number. In fact, the plan is to tack on four more this weekend in Bristol, so we can further solidify our hold on the Top Fuel points lead. We'll certainly have some extra incentive to capture our third victory of the season down in Thunder Valley. I'll be carrying a special "Salute the Troops" paint scheme on my record-setting U.S. Army dragster. The NHRA effort is part of an overall USO Salute the Troops Memorial Day tribute to the armed forces, a tribute that will also take place during NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 weekend in Charlotte. It will be an exciting moment when we pull the cover off the U.S. Army dragster before our first qualifying run. I'm happy that we'll have the opportunity to show our soldiers just how much we care about them. They all mean so much to us, and this is a terrific way to express our support. I'm really hoping that I can ring up career win No. 2 at Bristol Dragway for our soldiers.By the way, did you know that we're off to our best start since the '04 campaign, when we won a record 10 races?We've been running pretty well thus far, but we have to step it up even more if we're going to compete for another world title. The Top Fuel class has become so competitive that you don't want to get caught running in place. You better keep moving forward, or else you'll definitely be left behind.With that, it's time to hit the road for Thunder Valley. As always, "The Sarge" salutes you all. We'll have next weekend off before embarking on a two-race stretch that will take us to Topeka, Kan., and Joliet, Ill., respectively.So until then, all that I ask is for you all to stay well. We'll catch up with you real soon.Five-time world champion Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher drives the U.S. Army-sponsored Top Fuel dragster in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series and is providing a diary for ESPN.com throughout the 2008 season.
Courtesy U.S. Army RacingTony Schumacher will "Salute the Troops" at Bristol Dragway with his specially painted Top Fuel dragster.