Schumacher in mix for ESPY Best Driver award
Friday, June 25, 2010

For the fourth straight year, U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "the Sarge" Schumacher has been nominated for the ESPY Best Driver award.

The ESPY Awards, distributed for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly, were created by ESPN in 1993. Beginning today, fans can vote for Schumacher at or the ESPN Facebook page,

The ESPYs will be hosted by Saturday Night Live "Weekend Update" anchor Seth Meyers Wednesday, July 14, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The awards show will be televised live by ESPN at 9 p.m. ET.

"Here we go again," said Schumacher, a seven-time world champion. "Perhaps this will be our year. I really want to win this award so I can present it to our brave Army Strong soldiers. Without their hard work, we wouldn't have these opportunities in life."

Joining Schumacher on the Best Driver ballot are NASCAR drivers Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, and Ron Hornaday as well as open-wheel standout Dario Franchitti.

"Like in past years, the competition for this award is pretty stout," said the Chicago-area resident. "I'm ecstatic to once again be included in such a group."

Schumacher will be looking to become the first drag racer to win the ESPY Best Driver award. Other NHRA drivers who have been nominated include John Force, Tony Pedregon, Greg Anderson, and Melanie Troxel.