"THE SARGE" ENDS UP 10TH BAYTOWN, Tex., March 28 - U.S. Army Top Fuel pilot, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, had to settle for the 10th starting position here Friday following the initial day of qualifying for the O'Reilly Spring Nationals at ...
"THE SARGE" ENDS UP 10TH
BAYTOWN, Tex., March 28 - U.S. Army Top Fuel pilot, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, had to settle for the 10th starting position here Friday following the initial day of qualifying for the O'Reilly Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park. After posting a 4.619-second pass at 313.22 mph in the first session, Schumacher did not improve in round two after smoking the tires and having to shut off early. "I'm not sure what happened in that second run," said the defending POWERade world champion. "Certainly, the conditions were as such that we should have been quicker. We'll just have to turn our attention to Saturday with the thought of moving up in the order."
With final qualifying for the Top Fuel cars scheduled for 12 noon and 3 p.m. CT, Schumacher will be looking to claim his fourth straight top five starting position.
"We just want to work on our race day set up so we can come out slugging on Sunday," he added. "As I always state, we're ultimately in this to win races." The Chicago resident, with two wins in his pocket through three races, came into the weekend holding a 52-point lead on Larry Dixon in the standings. Additionally, with 43 career victories, he's now just nine wins short of Joe Amato's class record.
"Our goal is to leave Houston with another win and still be on top in the points," he said. "We definitely like being the team that's chased instead of having to chase someone else."