Tony Schumacher can look forward to three more years working with SCAG Power Equipment
When Tony Schumacher, the eight-time NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Top Fuel champion returned to full-time competition this year, his rail was run by Don Schumacher Racing, his father’s eponymous team. At mid-season, that changed to Maynard Family Racing. From the start, SCAG Power Equipment joined the team as primary partner for Schumacher’s quest to earn his ninth nitro title.
Now, with the six-race Countdown to the Championship unfolding and Schumacher one of the Top Fuel drivers workings towards the big check and white hat that comes from being a titleholder, SCAG Power Equipment has announced it’s continuing with the driver, his team and partner intending to “mow” through the NHRA Top Fuel field for these next races in 2022 and beyond.
SCAG Power Equipment is an industry leader in commercial and residential riding, stand-on and walk-behind lawn mowers. The company also produces professional and residential debris management equipment. SCAG Power Equipment made its debut in NHRA Camping World competition at the Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals in March. The Mayville, Wisconsin company was eager to work with Schumacher, Top Fuel’s winningest driver, as he returned to full-time competition at the start of this year.
Initially a seven-race primary agreement and a six-race co-primary one-year partnership, the agreement between Schumacher, Maynard Family Racing and SCAG Power Equipment has grown into a multi-year compact, with SCAG increasing their role to become a primary partner of the Maynard Family Racing Top Fuel team through 2025.
“The decision to not only continue, but expand upon our partnership with Tony Schumacher and the Maynard Family Racing team was an easy one, admitted Randy Gloede, president and CEO of SCAG Power Equipment. Speaking from the zMAX Dragway track on Saturday, September 24th he noted, “NHRA was a new market for us and we looked at 2022 to be somewhat of a trail run. Our distributor and dealer network quickly capitalized on the value of our relationship with Tony through social media campaigns, personal appearances, trackside hospitality, midway interactions and customer appreciation events.
“The NHRA fanbase includes a high percentage of property owners in need of outdoor power equipment,” Gloede continued, “and SCAG is quickly becoming their brand of choice. Tony is an excellent ambassador of our brand, and we look forward to this continued partnership with the Maynard Family Racing team.”
Schumacher won his first race in 2022 at Seattle, as NHRA closed out its Western Swing of three races in three weeks.
Although Schumacher and the Maynard Family Racing team had good news about their future with SCAG Power Equipment, the squad is still looking for the kind of consistency that brought its driver eight NHRA Top Fuel championships. Suffering his second consecutive first-round result in Charlotte Schumacher said, “I think we made huge progress for the team,” despite the two poor results in the Countdown’s first pair of races. “I know it doesn’t show on paper right now, but we made big, big, big changes this weekend and I truly believe our performance will start to reflect that next weekend in St. Louis.”
By Anne Proffit