Norwalk: Tony Schumacher Saturday notes

SCHUMACHER TO START 10th NORWALK, Ohio, June 27 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher will come out of the 10th starting spot here Sunday in the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park. Schumacher's first...

SCHUMACHER TO START 10th

NORWALK, Ohio, June 27 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher will come out of the 10th starting spot here Sunday in the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park.

Schumacher's first round opponent on race day will be seventh-place qualifier, Morgan Lucas, who he has faced twice this year in final eliminations.

Fighting hot track temperatures for the second straight day, Schumacher was unable to improve upon his Friday time of 3.979-seconds and thus ended up in the bottom half of the field for the first time this season.

"It was challenging today for everyone," said the defending world champion.

"The track was very greasy and it was difficult to get the car hooked up for a full pass. With the weather forecast similar for tomorrow, we'll have to make some adjustments to get down the track."

Despite recording second round wins over Lucas in Houston and Bristol earlier this year, Schumacher knows he'll be in for a tight battle tomorrow.

"No question about it," he said. "Morgan and his team have been improving with every race, so we'll have to be on our game to advance. As always, I have all the faith in the world in my U.S. Army team."

While Schumacher's priority is to get by Lucas, he'll also have an eye on point leader Antron Brown. He began the weekend trailing his former U.S. Army Racing teammate by 34 points in the standings.

"To be honest, we need to take care of our own business and not worry about things that are out of our control," said the Chicago-area resident. "As usual, our goal will be to get four win lights tomorrow. If that happens, the points will take care of themselves."

Final eliminations on Sunday will begin at 11 a.m. EDT. ESPN2 is scheduled to provide three hours of tape-delayed coverage starting at 7 p.m. EDT.

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Tony Schumacher , Morgan Lucas