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Sarge's world: Searching for a boost at Maple Grove
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Drive for five weekendI'm hoping my past history at Maple Grove Raceway will translate into success on Sunday. I have four career wins at the historic facility, which leads the Top Fuel class. It would be nice to make it number five, if you know what I mean. Presently, we're in a heated battle for second-place with Larry Dixon. We're a scant eight points ahead of him. We'd like to retain second going into the Countdown because when the points reset we'll be 30 points behind the leader instead of 40 points behind. I know my U.S. Army team will stay focused on the job at hand, just like our Army Strong Soldiers do every day. We're clearly going to Reading this weekend looking to get a trophy. As usual, we draw inspiration from the Hometown Heroes who visit with us each race. Last weekend, we had Staff Sergeant Shane Hill in our pit. A Bronze Star recipient, SSG Hill told me to go out and accomplish the mission and win another title. So, we better accommodate him, don't you think? With that, I better start re-packing my bags for the trip to the Keystone State. We'll be back with you next Tuesday prior to a welcomed weekend off. "The Sarge" extends his usual salute to y'all. As always, please don't forget our Soldiers in your thoughts and prayers. Until next time, y'all stay well.
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.