Phoenix: Tony Schumacher Friday report

SCHUMACHER SECOND AFTER DAY ONE CHANDLER, Ariz., February 19, 2010 - Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, aboard his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, captured the second starting position here Friday following the opening day of qualifying for the Arizona...

SCHUMACHER SECOND AFTER DAY ONE

CHANDLER, Ariz., February 19, 2010 - Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, aboard his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, captured the second starting position here Friday following the opening day of qualifying for the Arizona Nationals at Firebird International Raceway. Schumacher's 3.827-second pass (at 316.60 mph) was just two thousandths of a second slower than Doug Kalitta's elapsed time which was good enough for the provisional pole.

"We were so close," said the seven-time world champion. "That really was a flawless pass. The car ran fast and straight and that's all you can ask for."

During the afternoon qualifying session, Schumacher's dragster could not handle a hot track which produced a temperature of more than 100 degrees.

"We just missed it during the daytime," he added. "But, when the sun went down, we were able to throw more at the car. Fortunately, it stuck right through the 1,000-foot mark." This weekend in the desert Schumacher is attempting to rebound from a semifinal round loss out in Pomona, Calif. last Sunday.

"We're primed to do some damage," he said. "The car is running terrific, so I just have to do the best job I can do behind the wheel."

Schumacher knows how to get to victory lane at Firebird. He's done it three times in his career which leads the Top Fuel class.

"It's been a nice track for us," he offered. "As always, we're going to work real hard to get another race trophy for our Army Strong Soldiers."

Schumacher's teammate, Antron Brown, directed his Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster to the seventh starting position following the first day of action.

-source: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Tony Schumacher , Doug Kalitta