SCHUMACHER TO START FROM FOURTH POSITION SEATTLE, Wash., July 10, 2010 - Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, the lone driver to record four sub-three-second runs during two days of qualifying, will start the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster from the fourth...
SCHUMACHER TO START FROM FOURTH POSITION
SEATTLE, Wash., July 10, 2010 - Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, the lone driver to record four sub-three-second runs during two days of qualifying, will start the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster from the fourth position in Sunday's 23rd annual NHRA Northwest Nationals here at Pacific Raceways.
"Mike (Green, crew chief) and the U.S. Army team have given me a great car, a car which can win tomorrow's race," said the reigning and seven-time NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel Champion. "And I can't wait for the race to start. I love the competition, the challenge to do my job to win each round and the race."
A 3.937-second run at 297.22 miles per hour in today's initial session ensured Schumacher's starting position and produced a first-round meeting Sunday with Ron Smith, who qualified 13th on the basis of a 4.430-second run at 263.15 mph. Schumacher went down the 1,000-foot track in 3.951 seconds at 305.29 mph in today's last qualifying run.
The Chicago-area native's confidence is reinforced by past successes here, winning four of the last six NHRA Northwest Nationals (finishing in the runner-up position in the other two).
"And winning this race is another step in achieving the ultimate goal - capturing the world championship," he said. "And, like the Army Strong men and women protecting our freedoms around the globe, we understand the significance of remaining focused on our mission's true goal."
Antron Brown, who qualified his Matco Tools/U.S. Army car fifth thanks to a 3.964- second qualifying run at 303.03 mph, faces Steve Chrisman, who qualified 13th with a 4.251- second, 241.02-mph lap.