Denver: Tony Schumacher Saturday notes

"THE SARGE" TO START SECOND MORRISON, Colo., July 12 - U.S. Army Top Fuel pilot, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, will come out of the second starting spot here Sunday in the Mopar Mile- High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway. After posting the ...

"THE SARGE" TO START SECOND

MORRISON, Colo., July 12 - U.S. Army Top Fuel pilot, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, will come out of the second starting spot here Sunday in the Mopar Mile- High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

After posting the quickest elapsed times in both qualifying sessions on Saturday, Schumacher solidified his race day position right behind his Don Schumacher Racing teammate, Cory McClenathan.

The five-time world champion will face off with 15th-place qualifier, Steve Chrisman, in the opening round of final eliminations beginning at 12 noon MT.

"We had a real good couple of days," said Schumacher of his qualifying effort. "Now, we have to go out tomorrow and get it done. It seems we have a nice handle on our race car."

The Chicago-area resident initially posted a 3.993-second trip at 300.13 mph in the first session on Saturday, before returning with a 3.987-second pass at 303.98 mph in the last round.

"We're still refining things in terms of racing to the 1,000 foot mark," he added. "As always, I have all the confidence in the world that Alan Johnson (his crew chief) and my U.S. Army team will perform brilliantly when the bell rings."

Schumacher, who entered the 13th race of the year with a firm grip on the top spot in the standings, is seeking his sixth victory of the season and the 47th of his career. "We want to start off the Western Swing on a good note," he said. "If you can do well here in Colorado, it can set the stage for good outings in Seattle and Sonoma (Calif.) as well."

Last year, Schumacher advanced to the semifinals at Bandimere Speedway before claiming wins at the next two Western Swing tour stops.

"I've always liked this part of our schedule," he offered. "With any kind of luck, success will follow us over the next three Sundays."

Schumacher has one career victory at Bandimere Speedway along with four other final round appearances.

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Schumacher , Cory McClenathan , Don Schumacher