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Army driver visits post

National Hot Rod Association Army driver Tony Schumacher signs an autograph july 9 for Pvt. Blair Dawes, Company D, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

National Hot Rod Association Army driver Tony Schumacher signs an autograph july 9 for Pvt. Blair Dawes, Company D, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

Story and photos by Julie M. Lucas

Mountaineer editor

Members of the Mountain Post community were treated by a visit from National Hot Rod Association Army driver Tony “The Sarge” Schumacher July 9 at the post exchange.

Schumacher was in town preparing for a race the upcoming weekend in Denver at Bandimere Speedway, entering the race third in standings.

Fans were allowed to take photos with Schumacher and his dragster, which was on display. Schumacher also signed autographs, between strumming on a guitar, which a Soldier brought to the event.

“Tony loves to do these events strictly out of his love for the military,” said Ric Stanford, Goodyear Tire Company, one of Schumacher’s sponsors.

“We believe that events like this are good for the Fort Carson community and it’s a way for (the Army and Air Force Exchange Service), our vendor partners and the celebrities and guests to say thanks for all the U.S. Army does,” said Matthew Beatty, main store manager of the Fort Carson AAFES.

Schumacher broke Bandimere’s 1,000-foot elapsed-time and speed records Friday, but those records were then broken by an opponent later.

The Fort Carson PX will have a visitor for the children Wednesday. Wags the Dog, from the show

“The Wiggles,” will be at the PX from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and there is a chance to win tickets to the show at the World Arena July 29.

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