NHRA Top Fuel: Tony Schumacher earns record-breaking 10th U.S. Nationals win


BROWNSBURG, Indiana – The Sarge won the battle. Now he’s ready to win the war.

Nicknamed “The Sarge” due to his U.S. Army sponsorship, Tony Schumacher continued the strong roll that he’s been on of late, winning the Top Fuel class Monday in the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.

This win was more than just big for Schumacher – it was huge, marking the 10th time the Illinois native (now lives in Texas) has won the biggest race of the season in the last 21 years.

That puts Schumacher in a class of his own, having broken the tie he had with retired Pro Stock driver Bob Glidden for most wins at the race nicknamed “the Big Go.”

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“I love my job; that’s a gift,” Schumacher said. “I love driving a race car; that’s a gift. I drive for the Army; that’s a gift. I drive a car that’s fast and can win on any given day; that’s a gift. I drive for nine of the best crew guys in the world; that’s a gift.

“And then, of all those gifts, we also get opportunities like this: it’s a must-win. And that’s the best gift of all, to have that put in front of you and you have an opportunity to do it.”

And speaking of gifts, Schumacher earned $100,000 for Monday’s win.


In earning the second win of this season, Schumacher extended his dominance as the winningest driver in Top Fuel history. Monday’s win was the 82nd of his career.

But now that the battle is over, Schumacher is ready to go to war in the NHRA’s six-race playoffs, the Countdown to the Championship, which begin two weeks from now in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Schumacher enters the Countdown as the No. 4 seed. He’s seeking to extend his existing record of Top Fuel championships to nine.

That’s quite a contrast to some of the early season struggles Schumacher had gone through. Now that he’s been on a roll in the last several races, he’s ready to ride this string to yet another championship.

“I’m in a happier place,” Schumacher said with a laugh.

But then he turned serious, knowing his struggles were not all that long ago and that there’s always a chance they could rear their ugly head at any time during the upcoming playoffs.

“Because of those rough times, this is amazing,” Schumacher said. “Ten wins at Indy are great memories.

“… None of us want to go out and win a race or two, we want to win the championship. We want to be a champion, and to do that, you have to step outside the box.”

Before he celebrated the win, Schumacher paid tribute to late Top Fuel driver Blaine Johnson, who was killed in a racing accident in the 1996 U.S. Nationals.

“We lost Blaine 20 years ago; he was riding with me today,” Schumacher said. “What an awesome final round. This place is magic. I’ve had some incredible runs here. We didn’t leave anything on the table. It was a great, great day.”

Schumacher (3.806 seconds at 317.64 mph) defeated Steve Torrence (3.803 seconds at 325.06mph) in the final round.

While Torrence was faster, Schumacher had the better jump at the start of the race with a .036 seconds reaction time (to Torrence’s .045 seconds reaction time).


Schumacher defeated Tripp Tatum in the first round, Don Schumacher Racing teammate Antron Brown in the second round, J.R. Todd in the semifinal third round and then held off a very strong challenge by Torrence.

Among other highlights from the four rounds of eliminations:

* Antron Brown remains the leader as the points are reset for the Countdown. Brown will enter the first race at Charlotte in two weeks with 2,110 points. Doug Kalitta is second (2,080 points), followed by Steve Torrence (2,070), Schumacher (2,060), Brittany Force (2,050), J.R. Todd (2,040), Shawn Langdon (2,030), Clay Millican (2,020), Richie Crampton (2,010) and Leah Pritchett (2,000).

* During the previous three days of qualifying, Schumacher also had the fastest speed of the weekend (330.31 mph).

* No. 1 qualifier Clay McMillen (3.692 seconds) bowed out with a quarterfinal loss to J.R. Todd.

* Leah Pritchett lost in the first round to former champ Shawn Langdon, but earned enough points to qualify for the upcoming six-race Countdown to the Championship playoff.

* Brittany Force reached the second round before losing to Doug Kalitta, who advanced to the third round before losing to Torrence.

* Hoping to make it two U.S. Nationals wins in a row, defending champ Antron Brown fell to Schumacher in the quarterfinals after losing traction.

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Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle: How to watch, start times, schedules, streams


With three multiple winners now vying for the championship, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to Round 11 at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington.

Chase Sexton earned his second victory of the season in Detroit when Aaron Plessinger fell on the final lap. Though he was penalized seven points for disobeying a flag, Sexton is third in the championship race. The Honda rider trails leader Cooper Webb (two victories) by 17 points, and defending series champion Eli Tomac (five wins) is three points behind Webb in second with seven races remaining.

Tomac won last year in Seattle on the way to his second season title.

Honda riders have a Supercross-leading 20 victories in the Seattle event but none at Lumen Field since Justin Barcia in 2013. Tomac and Barcia are the only past 450 Seattke winners entered in Saturday’s event.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 11 of the 2023 Supercross season in Seattle:

(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 11 will begin Saturday at 10 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock with a re-air Monday at 1 a.m. ET on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

NBC Sports will have exclusive live coverage of races, qualifiers and heats for the record 31 events in SuperMotocross. The main events will be presented on Peacock, NBC, USA Network, CNBC, and NBC Sports digital platforms.

Peacock will become the home of the SuperMotocross World Championship series in 2023 with live coverage of all races, qualifying, and heats from January to October. There will be 23 races livestreamed exclusively on Peacock, including a SuperMotocross World Championship Playoff event. The platform also will provide on-demand replays of every race. Click here for the full schedule.

POINTS STANDINGS: 450 division l 250 division

ENTRY LISTS450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET): 

Here are the start times for Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

4:50 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
5:05 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:20 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:35 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
6:25 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
6:40 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
7:55 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
8:10 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
10:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
10:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
10:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
10:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
11:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:34 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:54 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
12:28 a.m.: 450SX Main Event

TRACK LAYOUTClick here to view the track map


FINAL 2022 STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 East points standings250 West points standings


ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory

ROUND 2: Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael on Supercross wins list

ROUND 3: Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again

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ROUND 5: Eli Tomac leads wire to wire in Houston

ROUND 6: Cooper Webb breaks through in Tampa

ROUND 7: Webb wins again in Arlington

ROUND 8: Tomac wins Daytona for the seventh time

ROUND 9: Ken Roczen scores first victory since 2022

ROUND 10: Chase Sexton inherits Detroit victory but docked points


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