Charlotte: Tony Schumacher Saturday report

SCHUMACHER ENDS UP FOURTH CONCORD, N.C., March 27 - Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, aboard his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, will come out of the fourth starting position in tomorrow's inaugural Four- Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway. Taking...

SCHUMACHER ENDS UP FOURTH

CONCORD, N.C., March 27 - Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, aboard his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, will come out of the fourth starting position in tomorrow's inaugural Four- Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway.

Taking advantage of some fall-like temperatures, the Chicago-area resident posted passes of 3.837-seconds (316.01 mph) and 3.827-seconds (319.45 mph) during final qualifying on Saturday. It's the fourth consecutive race he's qualified in the top five.

"We had a couple of nice passes today," said the seven-time world champion. "I believe we have a good package for race day. We're looking forward to the battle ahead."

Given the four-wide race format in place this weekend, Schumacher will take on three other drivers in the first round of final eliminations beginning at 12 noon EDT. Pat Dakin, Doug Kalitta and Doug Foley will line up alongside the points leader with the top two finishers advancing to the quarterfinals.

"Simply stated, our goal is to be the quickest every time down the track," said Schumacher. "If we accomplish that in every round, we'll win the race. It won't matter if there are three other guys next to me or 15.

"I have to admit this four-wide racing has been kind of cool. I'm not sure I would want to do it every race, but it's been an exciting change to the normal way of doing things. Of course, just as we're getting used to it, we'll be quickly going back to racing in pairs again."

On Sunday, Schumacher will be seeking his second straight victory of the season. Two weeks ago, he captured the Tire Kingdom Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla.

"We definitely want to stay on a roll," he added. "Any time you build up momentum, you want to keep it for as long as possible. This sport is full of ups and downs during the course of a season."

-source: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Schumacher , Doug Kalitta , Doug Foley , Pat Dakin