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Schumacher Number One After Opening Day
Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher drove his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster into the number one starting spot here Friday during the first day of qualifying for the FRAM/Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway.
Carrying the logo of the U.S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD) on the side of his car, Schumacher stopped the clock in 3.814-seconds at a track record 321.65 miles per hour.
"We definitely wanted to give the AMEDD folks a good ride here today," said Schumacher, seven-time world champion. "Of course, we want to give them a real good ride on Sunday. That's when it will count the most."
Schumacher arrived in Wine Country coming off a final round appearance in Denver last weekend (his third of the year), but was still seeking his first victory of the season.
"Man, we are getting so close to that first trophy," he offered. "It would be nice to get the proverbial monkey off our backs here in Sonoma. We need a win for so many reasons."
One of the reasons is that time is quickly fading away as the Countdown to 1 looms on the horizon. Including the FRAM/Autolite NHRA Nationals, only four races remain before the playoffs commence.
"It is imperative we get a win or two before we get to that important part of the season," said the Chicago-area resident. "It would be a nice confidence boost."
Schumacher is hoping the success he has had over the years at Infineon Raceway (two wins in five final round appearances) will carry over into 2011.
"You bet," he said. "This has been a great track for the U.S. Army team, so we would like to parlay that into a solid outing on Sunday."
Schumacher's U.S. Army Racing teammate, Antron Brown, claimed the third starting position after a 3.841-second run at 315.19 mph. DSR teammate, Spencer Massey, was second.
"We came back strong in that second session," said Brown. "Frankly, I expected it to happen. It's nice to see DSR filling the top three positions in the order. That's the way it should be."
By: don schumacher racing