"THE SARGE" REMAINS EIGHTH ENNIS, Tex., September 20 - Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, aboard his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, retained the eighth starting spot here Saturday after final qualifying for the O'Reilly Super Start Batteries Fall ...
"THE SARGE" REMAINS EIGHTH
ENNIS, Tex., September 20 - Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, aboard his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, retained the eighth starting spot here Saturday after final qualifying for the O'Reilly Super Start Batteries Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex. Schumacher will face off with ninth-place qualifier, Rod Fuller, in the first round of eliminations on Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. CT. As he did in Charlotte last weekend, the Chicago-area resident will likely participate in the first race of the day.
"Here we go again," said Schumacher about his second straight eight-nine confrontation. "We'll just go out there tomorrow and do our usual deal. You would prefer not to be the first pair out on race day, but that's the way it is. We'll be prepared, I guarantee you that."
This will be Schumacher's eighth match up with Fuller this season. None of the previous meetings occurred in the first round.
"Listen, we know that's a tough team over there and that they'll be throwing everything at us," said Schumacher. "We had a nice last run here today that certainly gives us confidence going into Sunday."
In the last qualifying session, Schumacher nailed a 3.901-second run at 309.98 mph, which was second quickest for the round.
"That was pretty good given how hot the track was,' he added. "As a result, I think we established a solid race day set up."
Against Fuller, Schumacher will be looking to add on to his 28 round win streak that first began at Denver in July. Additionally, he'll be trying to tie Kenny Bernstein's 2001 round win record, which sits at 61.
"I really don't care about those numbers," he offered. "My only priority is to get that win light over Fuller."
Schumacher would also like to widen his advantage over Antron Brown in the Top Fuel standings. He will start Sunday 47 points up on his former U.S. Army Racing teammate.
"It's imperative that we pad the lead," he said. "With just five races to go in the season and the Countdown to One, it's critical that you grab every point that you can get when the opportunity arises."