SCHUMACHER FIFTH AFTER DAY ONE LAS VEGAS, Nev., April 16, 2010 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher moved into the fifth starting position here Friday following the first day of qualifying for the 11th annual SummitRacing.com...
SCHUMACHER FIFTH AFTER DAY ONE
LAS VEGAS, Nev., April 16, 2010 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher moved into the fifth starting position here Friday following the first day of qualifying for the 11th annual SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Fighting a hot, challenging track, Schumacher posted runs of 4.019-seconds (293.86 mph) and 3.942-seconds (308.07 mph) to fall in behind his U.S. Army Racing teammate, Antron Brown, Larry Dixon, Doug Kalitta and his Schumacher Racing teammate, Cory McClenathan.
"It was a tough day for everyone," said the defending world champion. "This is the first race we've had to deal with hot weather. The crew chiefs really have to back the cars down to get a clean lap. It's not an easy chore by any means, especially when you have a car like I have that produces loads of power."
Schumacher, who is the defending SummitRacing.com Nationals champ, is looking to rebound from a disappointing first round loss at Houston Raceway Park last weekend. "That's definitely the case," he said. "We were not happy with what took place in Texas. We're bound and determined to go rounds here in Vegas."
The Chicago-area resident came into the sixth race of the year holding fifth-place in the standings. He briefly led the points following a victory at Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway last month. "We want to leave here with a trophy, while cutting into the points lead," he said. "We have to regain the momentum that we had in Gainesville."
After nailing a 3.881-second pass at 316.60 mph in his Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster, Brown put himself in position to grab his second pole of the season. He arrived in Vegas sitting in fourth-place in the standings.