THE SARGE? GETS CONGRATULATORY CALL FROM JERRY NADEAU

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Tony ?The Sarge? Schumacher?s cell phone has been quite active the past few days following his win last weekend at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Chicagoland Speedway's sister track, Route 66 Raceway.

While family and friends have been the primary well-wishers, he also received a call he did not anticipate -- from his U.S. Army Racing NASCAR teammate and friend, Jerry Nadeau.

Nadeau, who is recovering from injuries sustained in a crash more than a month ago at Richmond, watched Schumacher pilot his United States Army Top Fuel dragster to victory on television and just had to offer congratulations.

?It was a pleasant surprise to hear from Jerry,? said Schumacher. ?He sounded good. I thought it was nice that he took time out from his rehabilitation to call me. It really was awesome that we connected. I?ve been wanting to call him or his wife, Jada, for the longest time, but I felt like they needed their space.?

Just last week, Nadeau was transferred to the Charlotte (N.C.) Institute of Rehabilitation to continue with physical, recreational, occupational and speech therapy.

?We spoke for about 10 minutes,? added Schumacher. ?He was real upbeat. I wished him well with his recovery and told him I looked forward to hooking up with him real soon.?

Schumacher and Nadeau became fast friends shortly after the latter was named to drive the No. 01 U.S. Army Racing/MB2 Motorsports Pontiac in NASCAR?s Winston Cup Series. The pair spent a week together traveling around Afghanistan and Kuwait visiting the troops.

?We became close during that trip,? said the former 1999 Top Fuel world champion. ?I look forward to the day we can do something like that again. We ?ll continue to pray for his complete return to health.?

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