Pomona II: Tony Schumacher Thursday notes

SCHUMACHER JUMPS INTO NUMBER ONE SPOT POMONA, Calif., November 12 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher claimed the provisional number one starting position here Thursday during the first day of qualifying for the Auto Club ...

SCHUMACHER JUMPS INTO NUMBER ONE SPOT

POMONA, Calif., November 12 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher claimed the provisional number one starting position here Thursday during the first day of qualifying for the Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway.

Schumacher's 3.832-second pass at 316.52 mph was one thousandth of a second quicker than that of Larry Dixon, who arrived at the season finale one point behind Schumacher in the standings.

"Well, I guess we doubled our lead," said a smiling Schumacher in reference to him gaining three bonus points for being number one versus Dixon's two points. "Seriously, this is an intense deal going on right now. Every lap we make this weekend carries so much importance. We want to leave nothing on the table."

Schumacher is attempting to collect only his second pole of the year and the 58th of his career.

"We wanted to make a statement here today," added the defending world champion. "Of course, we need to keep up the attack the rest of the way. There's plenty of racing left this weekend."

Schumacher has another single qualifying session scheduled on Friday (at 3 p.m. PT), before two more sessions come his way on Saturday.

"We were terrific today, but we need to be terrific through the weekend," he said. "Every run we make the next few days will be huge. We're looking forward to meeting the challenge ahead."

Come Sunday, Schumacher will be looking to pocket his sixth consecutive world title and the seventh of his career.

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Tony Schumacher