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NHRA 4-Wide Nationals
Mar 27 - 29
Charlotte, NC



U.S. Army Racing
The U.S. Army NHRA Top Fuel Dragster smokes its tires


The U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster - it has the fastest acceleration on land.

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U.S. Army Racing NHRA driver Tony Schumacher

Tony Schumacher

Tony Schumacher grew up watching his father Don “The Shoe” Schumacher dominate the NHRA Funny Car field. So it was only a matter of time before Tony began racing.

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U.S. Army Racing NHRA driver Antron Brown

Antron Brown

The Army’s major associate sponsorship of Antron Brown’s dragster continues to keep him on the Army Racing team. Antron originally rode the U.S. Army Suzuki in the Pro Stock Motorcycle Class from 2003 – 2007.

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U.S. Army Racing NHRA Top Fuel pit crew

Pit Crew

Meet the team that keeps the U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster fueled, lubed and on track to fly.

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U.S. Army Racing NHRA Top Fuel dragster flies off the starting line


View this year's NHRA Top Fuel Schedule - look fast: you don't want to miss a race.

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NHRA’s Y.E.S. logo

NHRA Y.E.S. Program

NHRA Youth & Education Services (Y.E.S.) program presented by the U.S. Army is motorsports' first and only full-time event dedicated to educational programming for high school and college-aged students.

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U.S. Army Racing NHRA driver Tony Schumacher prepares to race in his top fuel dragster


Read the NHRA Top Fuel News Archive.

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Students at a Ten80 NHRA Event

Ten80 Program

Education immersing students, educators, and administrators from across the country in the real-life applications of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts and careers.

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The Strategy of Fuel Systems

Tony Gibson, Crew Chief “Our strategy was set and it was based off track position and fuel mileage”

John Klausmeier, Race Engineer “60 pounds per gallon, 19 green laps and divide that by 10...”

Ryan Newman, Driver “The energy that you have comes in the source of fuel...”

John Klausmeier, Race Engineer “Typically its two to one, multiply that by two; four miles per gallon...”

Ryan Newman, Driver “You do what you can to keep that fuel in your tank.”

John Klausmeier, Race Engineer “The recent track at New Hampshire, we were able to win basically on this same strategy based off of what he was doing inside the car, really easy with his shifting, really easy on his throttle inputs to save us that amount of fuel.”

Neal Strausbaugh, Asst. Crew Chief “On the US Army top fuel car one of the most impressive things to me is the fuel system. It starts with a fuel tank, it holds about 16 gallons of nitro methane, its a two and a half gallon fuel line, 4 thousand rpm, its moving over 100 gallons a minute.”

Tony Schumacher, Driver “When the light comes on the pumps would come on, I step off the clutch, ready. Hit the gas, I would steer about 1000 times in the quarter mile, deploy the parachutes, arm the brakes, fuel shut off. Man this is all bad to the bone, cowboy up moment.”

Neal Strausbaugh, Asst. Crew Chief “The motor itself is actually burning over a gallon a second.”

Tony Schumacher, Driver “You are thrown back so hard you are five times you body weight. So your trying to hold the gas pedal down while this thing is pulling with five and a half g’s all the way. Its wicked, its cool man.”