Atlanta: Tony Schumacher Saturday report

Schumacher to Start from Fifth Position COMMERCE, Ga., May 15, 2010 - Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher today drove the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster into the fifth starting position for tomorrow's 30th Annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern ...

Schumacher to Start from Fifth Position

COMMERCE, Ga., May 15, 2010 - Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher today drove the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster into the fifth starting position for tomorrow's 30th Annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals here at Atlanta Dragway.

The Chicago-area native, on the strength of a 3.927-second pass at 310.41 miles per hour in today's initial qualifying session, will face Bobby Lagana who rode a 4.011-second run at 302.82 mph to qualify 12th, in Sunday's first round.

Any chance to improve his starting slot disappeared during the final qualifying round when Schumacher had to shut down following loss of a cylinder, which resulted in a 1,000-foot run of 4.064-seconds at 246 mph.

"We may not have had a great two days of qualifying," said Schumacher, seven-time NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel champion. "But the most important results are the ones you have on Sunday, race day. We learned a lot both yesterday and today about the car and how it reacts on this track in this hot weather (track temperatures both days in excess of 100 degrees).

"This car and this team historically find ways to win races."

This race, though, has been one of the two (Topeka, Kan.) which have eluded the Top Fuel driver with the most - 63 - wins in NHRA Full Throttle history. But to him -and the team - winning here just means addressing and overcoming another challenge.

"We don't take anything or anyone for granted, regardless of what has happened in the past," Schumacher said. "And anyone who thinks we will be complacent, like anyone who underestimates the resolve and dedication of the men and women of the U.S. Army, will find themselves on the wrong end of the results."

Antron Brown qualified his Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster right behind his U.S. Army teammate in the sixth position with a 3.940-second run at 275.84 mph. He will face Pat Dakin, who posted a 4.008-second qualifying round at 298.8 mph, in the first round.

In U.S. Army NASCAR Sprint Cup action, Ryan Newman, driving the No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet, will start from the sixth position Sunday in the Autism Speaks 400 presented by Hershey's Milk & Milkshakes at Dover International Speedway in Delaware.

-source: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Tony Schumacher , Ryan Newman , Pat Dakin