SCHUMACHER LANDS IN 10th SPOT MORRISON, Colo., July 23, 2010 - Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, who handles the controls of the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, finished the opening day of qualifying for the MOPAR Mile-High Nationals in the 10th...
SCHUMACHER LANDS IN 10th SPOT
MORRISON, Colo., July 23, 2010 - Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, who handles the controls of the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, finished the opening day of qualifying for the MOPAR Mile-High Nationals in the 10th starting position here Friday.
Schumacher motored down Bandimere Speedway in 4.115-seconds at 287.90 mph and thus was pushed out of the top half of the field.
"We had somewhat of a rough day," said Schumacher. "In the first run, I lost traction and shut off and then in the evening session we didn't seem to have the power we were looking for. We'll just start fresh tomorrow."
Schumacher, who is coming off a final round appearance in Sonoma, Calif. last Sunday, knows the challenges Bandimere has to offer given its locale.
"The altitude really takes the air away," he said. "You have to make wholesale changes to get the car to perform here on Thunder Mountain. We'll get it all figured out."
Schumacher captured the 2008 version of the MOPAR Mile-High Nationals while en route to a sweep of the NHRA's Western Swing.
"We know how to win here that's for sure," he added. "It's a matter of dealing with the atmospheric conditions and getting the car to do what you want it to do. We've done that before and we can certainly do it again this weekend."
The Chicago-area resident is hoping to solidify his second-place standing with a good run in the Western Swing season finale. After the Colorado stop, only one race remains (in Brainerd, Minn. next month) before the Countdown to 1 commences.
"We need to stay right where we're at and not slide backwards," he said. "We want to be as close to the leader as possible once the playoffs start."
Schumacher's U.S. Army Racing teammate, Antron Brown, recorded a 3.961-second pass at 286.19 mph which placed him at the top of the order.
Brown, who drives the Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster, is still seeking his first victory of the year. He has five final round appearances to his credit so far this season. Over in the U.S. Army NASCAR Racing camp, Ryan Newman will qualify tomorrow for Sunday's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.