SCHUMACHER NOT IN SHOW ENNIS, Tex., September 24, 2010 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher failed to make it into the field here Friday following the first day of qualifying for the O'Reilly Super Start Batteries Fall...
SCHUMACHER NOT IN SHOW
ENNIS, Tex., September 24, 2010 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher failed to make it into the field here Friday following the first day of qualifying for the O'Reilly Super Start Batteries Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.
Schumacher banked a 4.477-second pass at 160.04 mph in the second session which placed him out of the top 12 entering the final day of qualifying on Saturday.
"After not getting a time in the opening session (debris from Doug Kalitta's exploding car in the other lane stopped his clock), we wanted to come back and post a good number in round two," said Schumacher. "Unfortunately, something broke in the engine. We'll intently work on the car tonight and return tomorrow looking to get a good starting spot."
Schumacher is hopeful he can cut into Larry Dixon's points lead on Sunday afternoon. He came into the third race of the NHRA's playoffs - the Countdown to 1 - 148 points behind Dixon in third-place.
"We need to do that," he said. "We're halfway through the Countdown and time is definitely running out. It's a must we win this weekend. Of course, we need for Larry to have a bad race as well."
The Chicago-area resident is looking to win his seventh consecutive world championship and eighth, overall. After the Texas Motorplex race, only three more stops remain on the 2010 NHRA tour - Reading, Pa., Las Vegas and Pomona, Calif.
"The season is quickly going away," he added. "We're going to keep battling the rest of the way and we'll just see what the result is."
Schumacher's U.S. Army Racing teammate, Antron Brown, secured the eighth starting spot after recording a 3.981-second run at 303.91 mph in his Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster.
Despite five final round appearances and five poles to date this season, Brown is still seeking his first victory of the '10 campaign.