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No finale flourish for Schumacher, but it's still a year for the ages

Will any driver from here on out be able to do what Tony Schumacher did this year in his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster? Consider the numbers: a sixth overall championship, 15 national event titles, 76 round wins. "The Sarge" is in total command, writes John Schwarb.

Updated: December 4, 2008, 12:51 PM ET
By John Schwarb | Special to ESPN.com

POMONA, Calif. -- In the world that Tony Schumacher created for himself in 2008, this past weekend qualified as a dud.

At the Auto Club Finals, "The Sarge" put his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster on the pole and set the low elapsed time and top speed of the meet. Yet he lost in the second round of eliminations.

What a failure.

That's written with tongue planted firmly in cheek, of course. Schumacher didn't cap a season for the ages with another win Sunday, ...

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