CLERMONT, Ind – For the second consecutive season, teammates Antron Brown and Tony Schumacher struggled in the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals. Both luckily are solidly into the Countdown in Top Fuel competition but both would have liked to carry a big wave of momentum from success at the Lucas Oil Raceway with them though.
Brown, lost in the second round of this race last year to eventual race winner Steve Torrence. On Monday, he lost in the second round to Doug Kalitta.
Entering Indy, Brown had made it to the finals in each of the last two races and three of the last four. Now, he exits in the second round.
Schumacher, a 10 time U.S. Nationals winner, lost to No. 16 seed Kevin Kinsley last year. This year, he was bounced in the first round again, this time by No. 10 qualifier Billy Torrence.
Since his win in 2016, he hasn’t won an elimination round at the U.S. Nationals at all. He has lost in the first or second round in five of the last seven races and is backing his way into the playoffs.
He’s going for his ninth championship but at this rate, he will be lucky to have a shot come November. He needs to turn this momentum around.