SCHUMACHER NOT QUALIFIED CONCORD, N.C., September 12 - U.S. Army Top Fuel pilot, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, failed to make the field here Friday following the first day of qualifying for the inaugural Carolinas Nationals at zMax...
SCHUMACHER NOT QUALIFIED
CONCORD, N.C., September 12 - U.S. Army Top Fuel pilot, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, failed to make the field here Friday following the first day of qualifying for the inaugural Carolinas Nationals at zMax Dragway.
While Schumacher posted a 3.937-second pass at 308.92 mph in his initial qualifying session, he smoked the tires in the evening session and as a result ended up out of the top 12 heading into Saturday's action.
"That's all right," said Schumacher, who entered the NHRA's Countdown to One leading the Top Fuel standings. "We tried to step on it when it cooled down, but I guess we were a little too aggressive. The good news is that we ran well in the heat, which is what we'll face on race day."
With only 17 Top Fuel cars on the grounds, Schumacher merely has to be among the quickest 16 cars to guarantee a spot in Sunday's line up.
"I'd like to think that we'll be fine," he added. "Certainly, our performance coming into this weekend would lead you to believe that we'll be good to go. But, you can never assume anything in this sport. We've got to go out tomorrow and get the job done."
The Chicago-area resident is coming off his 11th win of the year at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis two weeks ago. He's hoping to continue rolling along at Bruton Smith's new facility in the heart of NASCAR country.
"We've done well to this point, but we're starting the playoffs and our lead has been reduced to 30 points," he said. "It really doesn't matter what happened over the first 18 races. These next six races are the most important."