Baytown: Tony Schumacher Saturday notes

SCHUMACHER TO START 10TH BAYTOWN, Tex., March 29 - For only the 10th time since Alan Johnson became his crew chief five years ago, U.S. Army Top Fuel driver, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, will start from the bottom half of the field in Sunday's...

SCHUMACHER TO START 10TH

BAYTOWN, Tex., March 29 - For only the 10th time since Alan Johnson became his crew chief five years ago, U.S. Army Top Fuel driver, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, will start from the bottom half of the field in Sunday's O'Reilly Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park.

Schumacher could not get down the track cleanly during final qualifying on Saturday and as a result had to settle for the 10th starting position for tomorrow's event. The defending NHRA POWERade world champion will take on seventh-place qualifier, Brandon Bernstein, in the opening round of eliminations beginning at 11 a.m. CT.

"Well, I guess we have yet another tough first round match up," said Schumacher referring to Bernstein. "We've certainly been down this road already this year. We'll just have to rise to the occasion once again. I'm sure my U.S. Army team will be ready to go."

Schumacher and Bernstein recently staged a final round battle in Gainesville, Fla., which the former won. It was Schumacher's second victory in three races. "All of the teams will have to get down what is a very tricky track," added the Chicago resident. "It's been a real challenge for us so far this weekend. We got down in that first qualifying session and then had trouble ever since. But, we've proven we can turn things around with the snap of a finger and when it counts the most." Schumacher, who will be seeking his 44th career win, is also intent on leaving Houston still holding the points lead.

"You always want to be number one," he said. "For us to remain there we're going to have to have a good day tomorrow. It all begins with the race against Bernstein."

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Schumacher , Brandon Bernstein