Richmond: Tony Schumacher Saturday notes

SCHUMACHER CLAIMS NUMBER ONE SPOT RICHMOND, Va., October 11 - Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, who handles the controls of the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, secured the pole position here Saturday after final qualifying for tomorrow's Virginia ...

SCHUMACHER CLAIMS NUMBER ONE SPOT

RICHMOND, Va., October 11 - Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, who handles the controls of the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, secured the pole position here Saturday after final qualifying for tomorrow's Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park.

Schumacher's 3.771-second pass from Friday was never challenged during the last two qualifying sessions and as a result he banked his seventh pole of the season and the 54th of his career.

"We're ready to go for race day," said the defending NHRA POWERade world champion. "As always, we're going to have to stay focused on our first round opponent and nothing more."

Schumacher's opening round match up will be with 16th-place qualifier, Scott Palmer. This will be their first eliminations meeting of the year.

"He got in the show so he's more than capable of taking anyone out," added the Chicago-area resident. "We've got to go up to the line and do our normal deal. Again, this is all about taking care of our own business and not worrying about others."

The "others" include Cory McClenathan, Antron Brown and Larry Dixon, who trail Schumacher in the Top Fuel standings. Schumacher arrived at VMP leading McClenathan by 166 points.

"Palmer is the only guy we're concerned with," he added. "We can't get caught scoreboard watching. That can be a recipe for disaster."

Schumacher is attempting to capture his fifth consecutive world title and the sixth of his career. To clinch another POWERade trophy tomorrow, he would have to have a 237-point lead on the second-place driver following the race.

"We'll see what happens," he said. "To be honest, the cards really have to fall right for that to take place. Our goal is to win the event and then we'll see where we're at with the points. Check back with me late Sunday afternoon."

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Larry Dixon , Tony Schumacher , Cory McClenathan