SCHUMACHER JUMPS UP TO FOURTH STARTING POSITION MORRISON, Colo., July 24, 2010 - U.S. Army Top Fuel pilot Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher grabbed the fourth starting spot here Saturday during final qualifying for the 31st annual MOPAR Mile-High ...
SCHUMACHER JUMPS UP TO FOURTH STARTING POSITION
MORRISON, Colo., July 24, 2010 - U.S. Army Top Fuel pilot Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher grabbed the fourth starting spot here Saturday during final qualifying for the 31st annual MOPAR Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.
The seven-time world champion banked an impressive 3.974-second pass at 312.42 mph in the last session and as a result moved from the 10th slot into the top four. "We certainly needed a run like that," said Schumacher. "We had been having some issues up to that point, but the guys figured it out just like I knew they would. We can now come out tomorrow ready to take care of business."
In Sunday's opening round of eliminations, Schumacher will line up opposite the 13th- place qualifier, Mike Strasburg. It will be their first meeting of the year.
"You have to be real careful with Mike and his team," said the Chicago-area resident. "They can get down the race track with consistency. We can't afford to make a mistake, that's for sure."
Schumacher will be seeking his third career win at Bandimere and his fifth victory of the season.
"We will not look beyond the first round," said Schumacher. "Come 11 a.m. tomorrow, we'll be focused on Strasburg and no one else. Obviously, the goal is to be in the winner's circle late Sunday afternoon."
Despite not getting down the track cleanly in either of Saturday's qualifying sessions, Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster driver Antron Brown held on to the number one spot.
Brown, who is the defending MOPAR Mile-High Nationals event champion, secured his fourth pole of the year and the 26th of his career. He will meet 16th-place qualifier, Terry Haddock, in the first round of eliminations.
"It's definitely nice to be number one," said Brown. "Now, we have to go out and do our jobs. We're going to give it our best shot and see if we can nail that first win of the year."
On the U.S. Army NASCAR Racing front, Ryan Newman directed his #39 Haas Automation/U.S. Army Chevrolet to the fifth starting position during Saturday qualifying for tomorrow's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Newman covered the historic 2.5-mile oval in 49.521 seconds at 181.741 mph. His teammate, Tony Stewart, qualified 15th with a lap of 49.894 seconds at 180.382 mph.