Sonoma: Tony Schumacher Saturday notes

"THE SARGE" TO START EIGHTH SONOMA, Calif., July 25 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher will start eighth in Sunday's FRAM-Autolite Nationals here at Infineon Raceway. While posting a couple of quick laps during final ...

"THE SARGE" TO START EIGHTH

SONOMA, Calif., July 25 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher will start eighth in Sunday's FRAM-Autolite Nationals here at Infineon Raceway.

While posting a couple of quick laps during final qualifying, Schumacher was not able to improve upon his Friday performance of 3.880-seconds.

For the second straight race, the Chicago-area resident will confront ninth-place qualifier, Brandon Bernstein, in the first round of final eliminations beginning at 11 a.m. PDT.

"We're ready to get after it," said the defending FRAM-Autolite Nationals champion. "As I've said for a few weeks now, I like the direction this U.S. Army team is heading. We're improving with every race."

After a final round appearance in Seattle last weekend, Schumacher would love to be the last man standing in Sonoma. That's been the case the last two years in Wine Country.

"We have a good enough car to win every time out," he added. "Certainly, we want to make it three-in-a row here at Infineon Raceway. We believe we can get the job done this weekend."

The Sonoma race marks the end of the NHRA's three-race Western Swing that began in Denver two weeks ago.

With a quarterfinal round appearance in Denver and his final round showing in Seattle, Schumacher entered the 15th race of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series holding second-place in the standings.

"It's easy to figure out what we want to do tomorrow - win the race, while cutting into Antron Brown's lead. That's the clear mission we have in front of us."

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Tony Schumacher , Brandon Bernstein