SCHUMACHER ENDS UP FIFTH LAS VEGAS, Nev., April 17, 2010 - Handling the controls of his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher secured the fifth starting spot here Saturday during final qualifying for Sunday's SummitRacing.com...
SCHUMACHER ENDS UP FIFTH
LAS VEGAS, Nev., April 17, 2010 - Handling the controls of his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher secured the fifth starting spot here Saturday during final qualifying for Sunday's SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Despite having to deal with a second day of summer-like weather conditions, Schumacher was able to get down a tricky race track with runs of 3.945-seconds (307.37 mph) and 3.989-seconds (305.77 mph).
"Man, it was hot out there today," said the seven-time world champion. "The track was so challenging, I don't think anyone improved from yesterday. Fortunately, we were able to get from point A to point B on each run and that helped us to prepare for race day."
Temperatures at The Strip are expected to rise into the 90s yet again on Sunday. Hence, Schumacher knows his U.S. Army team will have to have everything in order to succeed.
"There's never any room for error when the weather is like this," he added. "A driver has to be on his toes. You have to keep the car real straight and in the groove given how slippery the track surface gets."
Schumacher's first round opponent will be 12th-place qualifier, David Grubnic. It will be their first meeting of the season.
"Any time you face off with one of the Kalitta cars, you know it's always going to be a tough battle," said Schumacher. "We'll be ready for him."
After an unexpected first round exit last weekend at Houston Raceway Park, Schumacher has his sights set on recording four win lights at The Strip.
"There's no doubt about that," he said. "We need to get back to victory lane. We certainly have the car and team to get the job done."
While Schumacher qualified in the top five for the sixth consecutive race, his U.S. Army Racing teammate, Antron Brown, banked his second pole of the season.
Brown, who drives the Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster, will square off with 16th-place qualifier, Rob Passey, in the opening round of eliminations beginning at 11 a.m. PDT.