Desert Heat: Oakley’s Tony Schumacher Blazes to Sixth Win of the Season, Shoots to Second-Place in Standings
Vegas’ ‘Lady Luck’ had nothing to do with Tony Schumacher’s hot performance this past weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The Oakley speedster smoked Dominick Lagana in the finals with a 3.845-second pass at 316.60 mph to claim his sixth triumph of the year. The victory also shoots him past Cory McClenathan into the second-place position in the world championship standings behind Larry Dixon.
“I haven’t heard the fat lady start singing,” said Schumacher, who’s aiming to charge hard at the title. “We have a deficit to make up, but we’re also still very much in the fight. We’re not going to give up, I will guarantee you that. Our Army Strong Soldiers expect us to put forth a 110 percent effort and that’s exactly what we’ll continue to do.”
A mere 85 points behind, Tony’s team came into the event on top of the qualifying field. Judging from the entire crew’s top form this weekend, his U.S. Army Team is poised to gain ground.
“Mike Green (his crew chief) and the guys gave me one terrific race car,” Tony continued. “We tested after the Reading (Pa.) race a couple of weeks ago and were able to find some things that helped us this weekend. Hopefully, we can stay on a roll two weeks from now. It would be great to bag another win.”
With the big upcoming Southern California event approaching, Tony is definitely focused on the prize.
“We want to go to Pomona with an ultra-competitive car,” he said. “We want to put ourselves in a position to win another title.”
John Force Tallies 131st National Event Win in his 212th Final Round
NHRA icon John Force added yet more hardware to his extensive collection of big wins over his storied career this past weekend in Las Vegas.
The Oakley driver clipped Full Throttle points leader Matt Hagan at the 2010 Las Vegas Nationals to secure his fifth triumph of the 2010 season in 10 final round appearances. It was a must win for John, who’s looking to keep his 15th Full Throttle Championship hopes alive and kicking.
“The pressure is what I am all about,” he said. “It keeps me wide awake. It is the way you come to town and the way you prepare your guys. Motivating them. Ashley (Force) made a movie for our team that showed us winning championships and races it got everybody up for the race this weekend. You have to come in with the right attitude. We have to do everything right.”
Congratulations to both Tony and John on a sick weekend in Sin City!