• ATLANTA - April 29, 2007 - Tony Schumacher competes at the Atlanta Dragway for the NHRA 2007 Southern Nationals.

    Schumacher Competes in Southern Nationals

    ATLANTA - April 29, 2007 - Tony Schumacher competes at the Atlanta Dragway for the NHRA 2007 Southern Nationals.

  • ATLANTA - April 29, 2007 -, Angelle Sampey, US Army Pro Stock Motorcycle rider, arrived at Atlanta Dragway with the point lead, but relinquished her top spot due to a red light foul Sunday. 

"I'm so mad at myself, you can't imagine," she said after throwing away a stellar 7.020-second run at 188.54 mph in her race with 16th-place qualifier, Tom Bradford. "I feel extremely bad for my U.S. Army team. As usual, they gave me a motorcycle quite capable of winning the event."

Sampey holds third-place in the standings.

    Angelle Sampey Loses Top Spot, Remains in Third

    ATLANTA - April 29, 2007 -, Angelle Sampey, US Army Pro Stock Motorcycle rider, arrived at Atlanta Dragway with the point lead, but relinquished her top spot due to a red light foul Sunday. "I'm so mad at myself, you can't imagine," she said after...

  • ATLANTA, Ga. - April 29, 2007 - Antron Brown, of the Army's NHRA pro stock motorcylce team, advanced to the second round of eliminations of the 2007 Southern Nationals before losing. Brown, who qualified 10th, took care of Hector Arana in round one with a solid 7.124-second pass at 186.51 mph, but committed a red light foul in his quarterfinals match up with Matt Smith.

    Antron Brown Represents the Army in Atlanta Race

    ATLANTA, Ga. - April 29, 2007 - Antron Brown, of the Army's NHRA pro stock motorcylce team, advanced to the second round of eliminations of the 2007 Southern Nationals before losing. Brown, who qualified 10th, took care of Hector Arana in round one...

Coming off four clean qualifying passes, Tony Schumacher felt positive results were forthcoming for the U.S. Army Top Fuel team on Sunday. However, it was not to be.

Bob Vandergriff, Jr. took out the defending NHRA POWERade world champion in the opening round with a 4.561-second pass to Schumacher's 4.694-second jaunt.

"As soon as I hit the throttle, I dropped a cylinder and the car made a big move to the centerline," said Schumacher about his run against Vandergriff, Jr. "I tried to get the car back in the groove, but the tires started spinning and he was gone. There was nothing more that I could have done."

It was the third straight first round loss for Schumacher and the fourth in six races. He'll now look to rebound next weekend when he joins Sampey and Brown, fellow NHRA drivers, in St. Louis.

"Everyone knows that we're not quitters," added the Chicago native, who will keep fourth in the standings. "Our soldiers set the standard that we follow."

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