"THE SARGE" DROPS INTO FIFTH BAYTOWN, Tex., April 9, 2010 - Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, aboard his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, claimed the fifth starting spot here Friday after the first day of qualifying for the O'Reilly Spring Nationals at...
"THE SARGE" DROPS INTO FIFTH
BAYTOWN, Tex., April 9, 2010 - Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, aboard his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, claimed the fifth starting spot here Friday after the first day of qualifying for the O'Reilly Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park.
Schumacher pocketed a 3.848-second pass at 318.99 mph in the second session to fall in behind his U.S. Army Racing/Schumacher Racing teammate, Antron Brown, Larry Dixon, Steve Torrence and Doug Kalitta, respectively.
"After smoking the tires in the first round, it was nice to come back and put up the number we did," said Schumacher. "We really needed a solid, clean lap. Now, we can return tomorrow looking to set ourselves up for a productive race day."
A seven-time world champion, Schumacher is the defending O'Reilly Spring Nationals event champion. Last year's victory at HRP was the first for what was at the time Schumacher's new team and crew chief (Mike Green).
"I'll always remember that race," added the Chicago-area resident. "To be able to go to victory lane with Mike and the guys for the first time was cool. Hopefully, we can duplicate that effort on Sunday. We certainly have a good race car."
Schumacher arrived in the Lone Star State holding second-place in the standings, 52 points behind Cory McClenathan. He would like nothing better than to grab back the top spot from his Schumacher Racing teammate.
"Absolutely," he said. "When we left Gainesville in first, we were feeling pretty darn good. But, then we didn't have a positive result in Charlotte and it cost us. We have an opportunity here to get healthy again. That's the beauty of this sport - there's always another race."