By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The NHRA continues to miss one of its biggest names. Tony Schumacher has not been able to secure funding for his Don Schumacher Racing-owned Top Fuel Dragster.
He has already missed the first five races of the season. And without a primary sponsor, his Dragster will continue to be out of competition.
On July 8th, 2018, it was announced that the U.S. Army would ending their partnership with “The Sarge” at the end of the 2018 season. This ended a 19-year partnership.
The U.S. Army wanted to use its marketing efforts in a different direction.
In 2018, Schumacher appeared in six final rounds in 24 races. However, he only had one win.
He had a 36-23 round win-loss record. At Bristol, he defeated Mike Salinas in the final round.
“The Sarge” went 3.946 for the Wally. Salinas went 5.251 in the losing effort.
When Schumacher won at Bristol, it snapped a winless streak that dated back to March 19, 2017 at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida.
In his final race with the U.S. Army banner at the Auto Club NHRA Finals, he drove the dragster to the final round. However, he was defeated by fellow Texan Steve Torrence.
The Kilgore, Texas native went 3.702 to get the Wally, as he swept all six of the Countdown to the Championship events. The Hills, Texas native went 3.700 in the losing effort.