SCHUMACHER SETTLES FOR SIXTH STARTING SPOT ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., June 12, 2010 - U.S. Army Top Fuel pilot Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher will come out of the sixth starting position here Sunday in the 41st annual NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge ...
SCHUMACHER SETTLES FOR SIXTH STARTING SPOT
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., June 12, 2010 - U.S. Army Top Fuel pilot Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher will come out of the sixth starting position here Sunday in the 41st annual NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
While Schumacher laid down a couple of solid passes during final qualifying, he was still bumped down to sixth, which marks his first non-top five start this season.
"That's okay," he offered. "We stayed in the top half of the field which is what you want going into race day. That provides you with lane choice which is always critical." Schumacher will take on 11th-place qualifier, Terry Haddock, in the opening round of final eliminations beginning at 11 a.m. ET. It will be their first meeting of the year.
"Terry is going to lay it all on the line against us I can guarantee you that," said Schumacher. "He's got nothing to lose and everything to gain. Lest we forget what he did to us last year out in Joliet (Ill.) -- he beat us in the first round. We'll be ready for him." Holding second-place in the standings, Schumacher knows a stellar outing in New Jersey will help keep the pressure on his world championship contending opponents.
"We have to do that," he said. "We have to stay in their faces from this point on. There's no better way to do that than by winning races."
Schumacher would also like to give his sponsor - the U.S. Army - a national event trophy for its 235th birthday celebration.
"That would be really cool to do," said the Chicago-area resident. "We enjoyed a cake- cutting ceremony today at the track, so it's only natural we follow up with the gift." Schumacher's U.S. Army Racing teammate, Antron Brown, ended up fourth in the final race day lineup. He will place his Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster alongside 13th-place qualifier, Scott Palmer, for the first round of eliminations.
Brown, who is fifth in the standings, is seeking his first victory of the season. He lost to Larry Dixon in the finals last year in Englishtown.