Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
SCHUMACHER THIRD AFTER FIRST DAY OF ACTION
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. - U.S. Army Top Fuel pilot Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher dropped into the third starting spot here Friday following the first day of qualifying for the NHRA SuperNationals at historic Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
Schumacher's 3.803-second pass at 324.51 mph during the nighttime session was good enough to fall in behind Del Worsham and Spencer Massey (his Don Schumacher Racing teammate), respectively, in the order.
"We definitely took advantage of the cooler air for that second run," said the seven-time world champion. "You want to step up when the conditions are good and not lose the opportunity that's in front of you."
Schumacher's speed was just short of the track record set last year - 324.75 mph - by Cory McClenathan.
"We have no problem making power, I can assure you of that," said the 2008 Englishtown event champion. "Mike Green (his crew chief) and the U.S. Army team are very talented. We're primed to break into the win column this weekend."
Despite holding second-place in the standings, Schumacher has yet to make a trip to victory lane in 2011. He has two final rounds to his credit.
"I know I sound like a broken record, but a win is coming," he said. "We're running too well for that not to happen real soon."
While Schumacher ended Friday on an up note, his U.S. Army Racing teammate, Antron Brown, did not do likewise. He smoked the tires in round two and thus ended up eighth in the lineup.
"It just wouldn't stick," said Brown, a New Jersey native. "Obviously, we were trying for a good number, but it didn't happen. We'll get back to business again tomorrow."