SCHUMACHER FIFTH AFTER FIRST DAY OF ACTION ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., June 11, 2010 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher swiped the fifth starting position here Friday following the opening day of qualifying for the NHRA...
SCHUMACHER FIFTH AFTER FIRST DAY OF ACTION
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., June 11, 2010 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher swiped the fifth starting position here Friday following the opening day of qualifying for the NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. Schumacher, who is coming off a win and a final round advancement in the last two races, posted a 3.830-second pass at 319.52 mph in the first session to grab a top five slot.
"We had a very productive first day," said the Chicago-area resident. "I really like the way my U.S. Army dragster is performing. We've got the car dialed in pretty good right now." The seven-time world champion dropped into the Garden State holding second-place in the standings, 135 points behind leader Larry Dixon.
"We've made a lot of headway in recent weeks," he added. "The important thing is we need to keep moving forward. The competition is way too good to be taking any steps backward."
With 13 races remaining on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series schedule (counting the Englishtown event), Schumacher is in hot pursuit of his seventh consecutive world title. To that end, he knows there's still a long way to go.
"Without a doubt," he said. "So much can happen between now and when we roll into Pomona (Calif.) for the season finale in November," he offered. "We just have to keep our heads down and not allow for any distractions. My team is well drilled on how to stay focused." Schumacher's U.S. Army Racing teammate, Antron Brown, took the third starting spot following a 3.819-second run at 315.86 mph.
Brown, who pilots the Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster, came into the weekend with a grip on fifth-place in the standings. The New Jersey native, who was a finalist in Englishtown last year, is seeking his first victory of the season.