Joliet: Tony Schumacher Friday notes

SCHUMACHER TAKES PROVISIONAL POLE JOLIET, Ill., June 6 - Piloting his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher grabbed the provisional number one qualifying position here Friday following the first day of qualifying for the...

SCHUMACHER TAKES PROVISIONAL POLE

JOLIET, Ill., June 6 - Piloting his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher grabbed the provisional number one qualifying position here Friday following the first day of qualifying for the Torco Racing Fuels Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.

After struggling to get down the track in the first session, Schumacher returned in round two with a sizzling 4.513-second run at 331.69 mph to claim the pole going into the final two qualifying sessions on Saturday.

"We certainly can't complain about that pass," said the Chicago-area resident. "It's nice to put up that kind of performance in front of the home crowd. We have lots of family and friends in our pit area this weekend."

The five-time world champion is looking to nail his third pole of the year and the 50th of his career.

"I didn't realize that we were that close to 50," he added. "Really, the most important thing is for us to try and win the race, especially since this is the U.S. Army's birthday weekend (233rd)."

Schumacher, who has held the Top Fuel points lead since the season opener in February, arrived at the 10th race of the season coming off a disappointing second round loss in Topeka last weekend.

"We weren't happy with the way things turned out in Topeka," he added. "That definitely wasn't one of our better outings. We'd love to get back on the winning track come Sunday afternoon."

Schumacher is a two-time winner at Route 66 Raceway - in 2003 and 2005 - and has qualified number one at his home track five times since 2003.

-credit: dsr

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