Route 66 Raceway
Schumacher Settles Into Fifth Starting Position
Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher directed his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster into the fifth starting spot here Friday during the opening day of qualifying for the O'Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.
After banking a 3.873-second pass at 313.95 mph, the Chicago-area resident cruised into the top half of the field with two more qualifying sessions scheduled on Saturday (5 p.m. and 8 p.m. CT).
"That looked pretty good," said Schumacher. "We needed a feel good type of run to get the weekend started in the right way. Now, we need to come back tomorrow and improve even more."
Schumacher, who is a seven-time world champion, is still seeking his first victory of the season. He would like nothing better than to break the ice at his home track.
"That's for sure," he said. "I have a lot of family and friends here this weekend that would be more than happy to be involved in a victory celebration come Sunday afternoon. Of course, my U.S. Army team would be willing participants as well."
Schumacher has three wins to his credit at what has been labeled as the first true stadium of drag racing. He last won in 2008.
"It really is a great venue," offered Schumacher. "The Chicago market has a lot of racing history and the fans definitely love watching the nitro cars."
Schumacher's U.S. Army Racing teammate, Antron Brown, posted a 3.869-second run at 314.61 mph to nail down the third starting position. He is pursuing his third win of the year.
"A very nice effort," said the New Jersey native. "I'm excited about how well my Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster is running right now. We're racing here in Don Schumacher's backyard (near Schumacher Electric's headquarters in Mount Prospect, Ill.), so we want to make sure we put on a good show for he and his employees."
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