Indianapolis: Schumacher to start No. 4 in finals

Indianapolis, Ind. (Sept. 3): Getting down to business has been no trouble for the reigning Top Fuel Champions, even though since the last race they have changed to an all new sponsor. Tony Schumacher will carry the U.S. Army banner into the...

Indianapolis, Ind. (Sept. 3): Getting down to business has been no trouble for the reigning Top Fuel Champions, even though since the last race they have changed to an all new sponsor. Tony Schumacher will carry the U.S. Army banner into the 46th Annual U.S. Nationals from the No. 4 qualifying position.

Schumacher's Dan Olson-tuned Army dragster has once again been one of the most consistent cars in the field. Schumacher started the day with a 4.703 second pass at 311.05 mph, which was the second quick of the session and the quickest in the right lane.

"We feel pretty good about a .70 in that lane with all the heat," said the 1999 Top Fuel champion.

Before his last qualifying run, Schumacher stood on the starting line and watched as teammate, Melanie Troxel qualify for her first U.S. Nationals Top Fuel field.

"That's great for Melanie. She did a fantastic job keeping the car in the center of the track and letting Dan's (Olson) tune-up do its job," commented Schumacher before suiting up for his run.

Schumacher again ran with the consistency that helped him claim the 1999 Championship by running a 4.673 at 312.42 mph. He was eventually pushed back to the No. 4 spot and will face Doug Herbert in the first round of eliminations on Sunday morning.

"There's nothing we would like more than delivering the U.S. Army a win in their first race with us," said Schumacher.

Final eliminations are scheduled for 11am, with opening ceremonies starting at 10am. TNN will televise final eliminations. Check local listings for times.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Tony Schumacher , Melanie Troxel