Sarge's World: Hitting the jackpot in Vegas

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Chalk up win number two for the U.S. Army Top Fuel team. We parlayed the success that we had in Houston a week ago into another victory out in Las Vegas this past Sunday. What a great feeling it is to put two straight wins together. I feel really happy for my crew chief, Mike Green, and the entire team. I believe it's the first time a lot of the guys have won two consecutive races. You should have seen how excited everyone was when they met up with me at the top end of the track after we beat Brandon Bernstein the finals. They were all jumping around like kids. It's nice to see that kind of enthusiasm. Almost lost in the Vegas win was the fact we took over the top spot in the standings. We were able to move past Antron Brown in the points. I know it's still early in the season, but it's terrific to be leading the points again. As I always say, I'd much rather be the one who is being chased. While I had a good race car in Houston, I had an even better race car in Vegas. We were consistent during qualifying and then right through final eliminations. And, we got quicker with each round on race day. In fact, our 3.874-second pass was our best of the weekend. It was good timing for that to happen, right? It truly was a total team effort in Vegas. Admittedly, I did not drive very well on race day, but Mike and the team had my back in a huge way. That's what championship-caliber teams do — they cover for each other when it's necessary. Prior to the season opener, I think most everyone figured it would be a while before the U.S. Army team visited victory lane given all of the personnel changes that took place in the off-season. I guess that theory was proven wrong since we've pocketed two wins in the opening five races. Hopefully, we can continue this kind of performance in the coming weeks and months. By the way, before I close this blog out, I want to make sure to note we had a couple of VIPs at the race in Vegas — Brigadier General Arnold Neil Gordon-Bray and Sergeant Peter Grain. General Bray is the Deputy Commanding General of Cadet Command, while Sergeant Grain was on hand as part of the Army's Hometown Hero program. I've said this before and I'll say it again — having people like General Bray and Sergeant Grain in our pit area on a given weekend is just unbelievable. You can't fathom how wonderful it is to come to the track in the morning and hear such inspirational stories from men like them. Along the lines of being inspired, we'll be shooting for a third straight win in two weeks at Atlanta Dragway. Believe it or not, we'll already be a quarter of the way through the season following the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals. With that, "The Sarge" would like to extend a group salute to ya'll. We'll be back with you in a couple of weeks after our trip to the Peachtree State. Until then, please stay well and keep thinking about our Soldiers.

Six-time world champion Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher pilots the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. He will be providing a blog throughout the 2009 season.

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