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Top-fuel king Tony Schumacher seeking record eighth NHRA title
Top-fuel king Tony Schumacher seeking record eighth NHRA title

The Sarge is back. Tony Schumacher has won a record seven NHRA top-fuel titles and a record 76 individual events, but his last championship was five years ago. Now, the 44-year-old driver with the crewcut nicknamed "The Sarge" is leading the championship standings again with three events left in the season: This weekend in Reading, Pa., then Las Vegas on Oct. 30-Nov. 2 and finally Pomona on Nov. 13-16. Top fuel is the premier class in the National Hot Rod Assn.'s Mello Yello Series. The nitromethane-fueled dragsters routinely reach speeds well in excess of 300 mph in less than five seconds in 1,000-foot drag races. Schumacher, who drives for his father's team, Don...

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