SCHUMACHER TAKES NUMBER ONE STARTING SPOT LAS VEGAS, Nev., October 30 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher secured the number one starting position here Saturday during final qualifying for the Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip...
SCHUMACHER TAKES NUMBER ONE STARTING SPOT
LAS VEGAS, Nev., October 30 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher secured the number one starting position here Saturday during final qualifying for the Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Schumacher, who on Friday posted the fastest speed ever recorded for 1,000-foot nitro racing (325.14 mph), will square off with 16th-place qualifier, Bob Vandergriff, Jr., in the first round of eliminations on Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. PT.
"Clearly, we've had a great couple of days here in Las Vegas," said the seven-time world champion. "Now, we need to come back tomorrow with the same kind of intensity. We want to collect another victory."
Schumacher and Vandergriff, Jr. have raced just once this season with the former winning a first round match up at Norwalk, Ohio.
On the way to his second pole of the year and the 60th of his career, Schumacher was the quickest in three of the four rounds of qualifying.
"That's all well and good, but we have to go out on race day and get the job done if it's going to mean anything," he said. "I truly believe in my U.S. Army team. We definitely want to stir the pot a bit over these last two races."
While Schumacher remains alive for the 2010 world title, he freely admits the obstacle in front of him is rather large. To that end, he wants to add two more wins to his season total, while gathering momentum for next year.
"That's the plan for sure," he offered. "It would be nice if we could send a loud message that we'll be very much in the battle once again in 2011."
Schumacher's U.S. Army Racing teammate, Antron Brown, finished qualifying holding the 10th starting position. In pursuit of his first victory of the year, he will take on seventh-place qualifier, T.J. Zizzo, in the opening round of action on Sunday.
"We're ready to make some waves," said Brown, who pilots the Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster. "Without question, we're overdue to get to victory lane."