SCHUMACHER DROPS TO THIRD MOHNTON, Pa., October 9, 2010 - Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, aboard his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, will start third in Sunday's Toyo Tires Nationals here at Maple Grove Raceway. The Chicago-area resident posted two...
SCHUMACHER DROPS TO THIRD
MOHNTON, Pa., October 9, 2010 - Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, aboard his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, will start third in Sunday's Toyo Tires Nationals here at Maple Grove Raceway.
The Chicago-area resident posted two solid runs during final qualifying on Saturday, but was still pushed down to third by Larry Dixon and his Don Schumacher Racing teammate, Cory McClenathan, respectively.
Schumacher had a brief stay at the top of the charts following a 3.823-second pass at 319.14 mph during session number three, but Dixon and McClenathan responded with quicker trips in the final session.
The defending world champion will take on 14th-place qualifier, Morgan Lucas, in the opening round of final eliminations beginning at 11 a.m. ET. Schumacher is 3-0 against Lucas so far this season.
"Sure, it was a little disappointing we couldn't hang on to the number one spot, but we'll be fine just the same," said Schumacher. "We have a tough competitor in Morgan Lucas for the first round, so we'll have to be ready to go."
After qualifying points were totaled for Schumacher, Dixon and McClenathan, all ended up with 12 points. Hence, Schumacher heads into race day the same way as he started the weekend - 94 points behind Dixon and 25 points in back of McClenathan, who resides in second.
"The positive is we didn't lose any ground," offered Schumacher. "Frankly, tomorrow is when you can do the most damage. We want and need another win real bad."
Schumacher remains in hot pursuit of his seventh straight title and the eighth of his career. He has three races left on the 2010 schedule to make up almost five rounds of racing.
"We can do it," he added. "We'll just do our usual thing tomorrow - focus on one round at a time. We'll be looking to hold up another trophy come late afternoon."
Schumacher's U.S. Army Racing teammate, Antron Brown, moved from being out of the show to sixth after posting a 3.863-second run at 316.82 mph.
The pilot of the Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster, who is seeking his first victory of the year, will confront 11th-place qualifier, Clay Millican, in the first round of competition. It will be Millican's 2010 tour debut.
On Sunday, U.S. Army NASCAR Racing driver Ryan Newman will start 14th in the Pepsi Max 400 Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.