Charlotte: Tony Schumacher Friday report

SCHUMACHER THIRD AFTER DAY ONE CONCORD, N.C., March 26 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher settled into the third starting position here Friday after the initial day of qualifying for the inaugural Four-Wide Nationals here at...

SCHUMACHER THIRD AFTER DAY ONE

CONCORD, N.C., March 26 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher settled into the third starting position here Friday after the initial day of qualifying for the inaugural Four-Wide Nationals here at zMax Dragway.

Schumacher's 3.830-second pass at 315.49 mph was just a bit slower than his teammates Cory McClenathan and Antron Brown, respectively. Doug Kalitta and Larry Dixon rounded out the top five.

"We did pretty well for ourselves today," said Schumacher, the Top Fuel points leader. "We actually had an outstanding run going in the second session, but the engine just gave away around half track and that was it. We really had a legitimate shot at the provisional pole."

Brown, who directs the Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster, recorded a 3.819-second run at 312.93 mph. He's coming off a pole-winning effort in Gainesville, Fla. two weeks ago.

The opening day of qualifying marked the first time in modern drag racing history there's been side-by-side-by-side-by-side action. All qualifying rounds as well as Sunday's final eliminations will feature four-wide competition.

"It was pretty exciting," offered Schumacher. "I'm sure the fans got a charge out of the whole thing. Admittedly, you have to adjust to what's going on around you, but it comes to you pretty easily. We'll get another two rounds (qualifying) in tomorrow to get even more comfortable with the situation."

On Sunday, Schumacher will be seeking his second victory of the season. He captured the prestigious Tire Kingdom Gatornationals at Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway a couple of weeks ago.

"We're going to take our best shot, that's for sure," said the Chicago-area resident. "We're running pretty well right now."

Schumacher won the first race ever staged at zMax Dragway in 2008.

-source: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Larry Dixon , Tony Schumacher , Doug Kalitta , Cory McClenathan