SCHUMACHER REMAINS SECOND POMONA, Calif., November 12, 2010 - U.S. Army Top Fuel pilot Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher retained the second starting position here Friday following the second day of qualifying for the Auto Club of Southern California...
SCHUMACHER REMAINS SECOND
POMONA, Calif., November 12, 2010 - U.S. Army Top Fuel pilot Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher retained the second starting position here Friday following the second day of qualifying for the Auto Club of Southern California Finals at Auto Club Raceway.
While Schumacher did not move around provisional pole sitter, Larry Dixon, in the order he did record the second quickest run (3.855-seconds at 307.72 mph) of the single session, which was worth two points.
Heading into the final day of qualifying on Saturday, Dixon's lead over Schumacher in the standings is now 84 points.
"It may not seem like much, but we'll take whatever we can grab," offered the seven- time world champion. "We got back the point we lost yesterday and then gained one on him. We'll be trying to trim his advantage even more tomorrow."
Schumacher would likely need to couple a victory with a first round loss by Dixon on Sunday to have a shot at his seventh consecutive title.
"I guess the stars will have to align for us," he said. "With that said, we have to believe it will happen. We've proven over the years that miracles can happen."
Schumacher secured the world championship at the season finale in both 2006 and 2007. It took an elapsed time world record in the final round to get the '06 crown.
"For some reason, we specialize in this sort of thing," he said. "I'm not certain if we can do it again this weekend, but be assured we're going to take our best home run swing when we get to the plate on race day."
Schumacher's U.S. Army Racing teammate, Antron Brown, moved into the show on Friday after a 3.905-second pass at 312.28 mph.
Handling the controls of his Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster, Brown advanced from outside the top 12 into the top half of the field in eighth.
A New Jersey native, Brown has five final rounds to his credit this season but has failed to get to victory lane.