Home game a welcome respite during long season

A little home cooking and the points lead have Top Fuel's Tony Schumacher excited about the Torco Racing Fuels Route 66 Nationals. But an expected heat wave could put a crimp in everybody's weekend, he writes in his diary.

Updated: June 4, 2008, 4:24 PM ET
By Tony Schumacher | Special to ESPN.com


I'll be playing a home game this weekend as the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series travels to Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., for the Torco Racing Fuels Route 66 Nationals.

Being a resident of the Chicago area, this is my one weekend of the season when I can actually avoid having to run for a plane at O'Hare Airport. That's definitely a plus.

In addition to enjoying the comforts of home this weekend, we'll also take part in the U.S. Army's celebration ...

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