Schumacher continues to buck historic Top Fuel trend

The rich got richer at Bandimere Speedway outside Denver to start the Western Swing, with Tony Schumacher leading the way with another dominating performance in Top Fuel, writes Bill Stephens.

Updated: July 14, 2008, 9:52 AM ET
By Bill Stephens | Special to ESPN.com

There has never been a long, protracted Top Fuel championship dynasty in the 57-year history of the National Hot Rod Association.

The closest to a lengthy, one-man title monopoly that the category ever witnessed was Joe Amato's three-year lock on the Top Fuel high ground in 1990, 1991 and 1992.

With previous championships in 1984 and 1988, Amato spread his five career titles over a span of nine seasons, but sprinkled in between Amato's championships you'll find ...

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