SCHUMACHER SECOND AFTER OPENING DAY POMONA, Calif., November 11, 2010 -Â U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher dropped into the second starting spot here Thursday after the first day of qualifying for the Auto Club of Southern ...
SCHUMACHER SECOND AFTER OPENING DAY
POMONA, Calif., November 11, 2010 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher dropped into the second starting spot here Thursday after the first day of qualifying for the Auto Club of Southern California Finals at Auto Club Raceway.
In his only pass of the day, the defending world champion recorded a 3.840-second 1,000-foot trip at 320.58 mph and thus moved up behind Larry Dixon in the order.
"It was a good run," said Schumacher. "We may have put a cylinder out down track which cut into our elapsed time. But, we'll have to take this and move on from here. We just about got the number one position, which would have been nice since this was Veterans Day."
The Chicago-area resident will have another single qualifying session tomorrow before tackling two more on Saturday. He's hoping he can total enough points to cut into Dixon's lead in the standings prior to race day.
"Unfortunately, we lost a point to him today," offered Schumacher. "We'll just have to come back on Friday and look to get the maximum number of points while hoping he gets shut out."
Going into the season finale, Schumacher trailed Dixon by 85 points, which represents more than four rounds of racing. He's fully aware of the challenge that sits in front of him.
"Coming out to Pomona, we knew what needed to be done for us to have a shot at the title," said Schumacher. "The good news is we still have a shot and that's all you can ask for. We're going to give it all we have and we'll see what happens. You can be assured we're not going to give up. That's not in our make up at all."
While Schumacher ended up near the top of the charts, his U.S. Army Racing teammate, Antron Brown, was not as fortunate.
Brown smoked the tires on his Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster and as a result ended up outside the top 12 and not qualified. He's trying to end the 2010 season on an up note with his first victory of the year.
"We have one more shot at this," said Brown. "For sure, we're going to go for broke on Sunday."