"THE SARGE" MOVES UP TO FOURTH POMONA, Calif., February 12 - Handling the controls of his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher advanced from seventh to fourth in the starting order here Friday after the second day of...
"THE SARGE" MOVES UP TO FOURTH
POMONA, Calif., February 12 - Handling the controls of his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher advanced from seventh to fourth in the starting order here Friday after the second day of qualifying for the Kragen O'Reilly Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway.
Schumacher laid down a 3.835-second pass at 317.57 mph in his only qualifying session of the day and thus jumped three spots in the lineup.
"With our engine going during yesterday's run, it was nice to see us bounce back the way we did," said the seven-time world champion. "The guys work really hard to make this U.S. Army dragster safe and fast. We'll get back after it for the final two qualifying runs tomorrow." In posting the third quickest pass of the session, Schumacher collected his first point of the 2010 campaign. He sits behind Larry Dixon, Cory McClenathan and Morgan Lucas, respectively, on the timing sheet.
"It's going to be a little warmer the next couple of days so we're all going to have to make adjustments," he added. "We definitely want to have two more good runs before we get to race day."
On Sunday, Schumacher will be shooting for his third Winternationals win. Given it's the 50th anniversary of the traditional season opener, he'd like nothing better than a return visit to victory lane.
"That would be terrific," he said. "Beyond the fact we'd be starting the year off in fine style, it would be really special to win in Pomona on such an occasion. This is where it all began for the sport."