SCHUMACHER TO START THIRD POMONA, Calif., February 13 - U.S. Army Top Fuel pilot Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher will come out of the third starting position here Sunday in the 50th annual Kragen O'Reilly Winternationals at Auto Club ...
SCHUMACHER TO START THIRD
POMONA, Calif., February 13 - U.S. Army Top Fuel pilot Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher will come out of the third starting position here Sunday in the 50th annual Kragen O'Reilly Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway.
Schumacher recorded a 3.801-second pass at 320.05 mph in qualifying session number four and as a result finished among the top five for the eighth consecutive race dating back to last year's Mac Tools U.S. Nationals.
The Chicago-area resident will take on 82-year-old Chris Karamesines in the opening round of final eliminations beginning at 11 a.m. PT.
"We were definitely going for the pole during that last run but came up just short," said Schumacher. "Still, that was an outstanding effort. I'm happy with how my U.S. Army dragster is performing. It's now time to get down to business."
Schumacher, who is a seven-time world champion, will be seeking his third Winternationals victory and his 62nd career win.
"Getting to victory lane is always the objective," he added. "It's obvious we have the car to get the job done. I really can't wait to get the season started tomorrow."
Schumacher's last meeting with Karamesines was in Topeka last year. The former won a first round match up.
"That team can get down the track so we can't take anything for granted," said Schumacher. "As always, we better bring our 'A' game if we're going to move on."
While Schumacher ended qualifying on a positive note, Antron Brown, who drives the Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster for Don Schumacher Racing, did not fare as well.
Brown qualified 11th and will square off with sixth-place qualifier, Steve Torrence, in first round action.