SCHUMACHER SIXTH FOLLOWING FIRST DAY OF ACTION BRISTOL, Tenn., June 18, 2010 - U.S. Army Top Fuel pilot Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher pocketed the sixth starting spot here Friday after the first day of qualifying for the Thunder Valley Nationals...
SCHUMACHER SIXTH FOLLOWING FIRST DAY OF ACTION
BRISTOL, Tenn., June 18, 2010 - U.S. Army Top Fuel pilot Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher pocketed the sixth starting spot here Friday after the first day of qualifying for the Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.
The Chicago-area resident recorded a 3.939-second pass at 311.77 mph in the evening session and thus ended up just outside the top five.
"During the day, we had to endure some pretty tough conditions given the hot temperatures," said Schumacher. "But, when it cooled down at night, we just didn't go as fast as we wanted to for some reason. We'll take a look at the data and see where we can improve." Schumacher, who is looking for his third straight win in Bristol, will have two more qualifying rounds on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. ET.
"It's supposed to be hot again tomorrow, so we'll be trying to work on a good race day set up for Sunday," he said. "There's no question we have a good race car. It's just a matter of refining things a bit."
A seven-time world champion, Schumacher is looking to rebound from a second round loss suffered in Englishtown, N.J. last Sunday.
"We need to get back up on our feet for sure," he added. "We were not happy with the outcome last weekend. We're never happy unless we're holding a trophy late Sunday afternoon."
Schumacher's U.S. Army Racing teammate, Antron Brown, laid down a 3.856-second run at 314.24 mph in the second session to claim the provisional pole.
The driver of the Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster, who is coming off a final round appearance in the NHRA SuperNationals, is attempting to claim his fourth pole of the year and the 25th of his career.