No A.J., no problem for Schumacher

Updated: April 2, 2009, 2:43 PM ET
By John Schwarb | Special to ESPN.com

Hard to believe a five-time defending champion team could be written off for dead coming into 2009. But with all-world tuner Alan Johnson off to start his own program, the prevailing thought was that Tony Schumacher and the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster would fall into rebuilding mode, far from championship-caliber.

After last weekend, that's far from the truth.

"The Sarge" turned in a silence-the-doubters effort in Houston, winning the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals. But career Wally ...

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