Charlotte II: Tony Schumacher Friday report

SCHUMACHER SLIDES INTO FIFTH POSITION CONCORD, N.C., September 17, 2010 -?Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, aboard his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, grabbed the fifth starting position here Friday during the initial day of qualifying for the O'Reilly...

SCHUMACHER SLIDES INTO FIFTH POSITION

CONCORD, N.C., September 17, 2010 -?Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, aboard his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, grabbed the fifth starting position here Friday during the initial day of qualifying for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Nationals at zMAX Dragway.

Schumacher, who laid down a 3.866-second pass at 308.64?mph in the afternoon session, fell in behind Cory McClenathan, Antron Brown, Brandon Bernstein and Larry Dixon, respectively, in the order.

"We had a good opening day," said the Chicago-area resident. "We were going for number one in that last session but it just wouldn't stick. I'm feeling pretty good about our chances this weekend. I believe we can get back in the championship hunt."

Schumacher arrived in North Carolina holding third-place in the standings, 87 points behind Dixon at the top. Only five races remain in the Countdown to 1.

"We better get moving if we're going to collect our seventh straight title," said Schumacher. "It's time to make a bunch of noise."

Having last visited victory lane at Bristol (Tenn.) Dragway in June, Schumacher feels his team is primed for a break out race.

"No doubt about it," he said. "We're getting closer and closer. We are way overdue for a win. Hopefully, our time will come Sunday afternoon."

Schumacher captured the inaugural race at zMAX Dragway in 2008. As a result, he has a special connection with the facility located in the heart of NASCAR country.

"I love coming here," he offered. "It's a terrific track and the fans are just great. I'm happy the NHRA tour comes here twice a year."

Brown, who pilots the Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster, used a 3.832-second run at 315.93 mph to secure the second spot behind McClenathan. He's seeking his first win of the season.

-source: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Larry Dixon , Tony Schumacher , Cory McClenathan , Brandon Bernstein