Seattle; Schumacher fifth after first day of qualifying

Kent, Washington (July 28): After a week off, the NHRA tour was at it once again as they finished the first day of qualifying for the Prolong Super Lubricants Nationals in Kent, Washington. Schumacher's first pass of the day resulted in a ...

Kent, Washington (July 28): After a week off, the NHRA tour was at it once again as they finished the first day of qualifying for the Prolong Super Lubricants Nationals in Kent, Washington.

Schumacher's first pass of the day resulted in a conservative 4.772 second run at 298.47 mph. That was good enough to put the reigning Winston Top Fuel Champion in the No. 9 qualifying position.

"We were really soft on that run," said Schumacher, "we really weren't sure what the track would hold and we just wanted get a baseline to work from."

In the evening session, the Exide Batteries team faced a much better track and there performance showed it as they improved by a tenth of a second with a 4.677 e.t. at 308.43 mph to put the Exide team in the No. 5 spot.

"We wanted to stand on it a little to see what the track would take," said Schumacher, "we still have more but it depends on the weather tomorrow."

"The car got towards the left side of the lane at about 900 feet and we lost a little at the top end."

The current No. 1 qualifier is Top Fuel points leader, Gary Scelzi. Schumacher currently trails Scelzi by 39 points in the battle for the 2000 title. There are two additional qualifying sessions scheduled for Saturday as the Prolong Super Lubricants Nationals continue. Final eliminations are scheduled for Sunday at 10am.

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