SCHUMACHER STAYS NINTH ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., June 21 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, will come out of the ninth starting position here Sunday in the Lucas Oil SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. After ...
SCHUMACHER STAYS NINTH
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., June 21 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, will come out of the ninth starting position here Sunday in the Lucas Oil SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
After posting a 4.582-second run in the first qualifying session on Friday, Schumacher failed to get down the track cleanly in the next three sessions and as a result will start from the bottom half of the field for only the second time this season.
"You would prefer not to be where we're at, but that's the card that was dealt us," said the five-time world champion. "We'll just have to come out swinging once the bell rings."
Schumacher's opening round opponent will be eighth-place qualifier, Steve Torrence. They will be the first pair to hit the starting line at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday.
"That's always a tough deal being the first race of the day," added Schumacher. "You can't watch a few pairs go down the track and then make adjustments. You have to have everything in place and be ready to go."
In qualifying ninth, Schumacher recorded his worst starting position at Raceway Park since he suffered through a DNQ in 2003.
"Interestingly enough, the last few years, we always qualified well here, but never did very good on race day," he said. "Perhaps, we'll have a reversal of fortune this year." After capturing his fourth win of the year two weeks ago, the Chicago-area native came into the New Jersey race weekend holding a whopping 190-point lead on second- place, Antron Brown, who ended up claiming the pole position.
"And, we want to keep building on that lead tomorrow," he said. "Of course, our focus is only on Steve Torrence right now. If you don't get out of the first round, nothing else matters."