Sonoma: Tony Schumacher Friday notes

SCHUMACHER SLIDES INTO SECOND SPOT SONOMA, Calif., July 25 - Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, aboard his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, grabbed the second starting spot after the first day of qualifying here Friday for the FRAM-Autolite Nationals at...

SCHUMACHER SLIDES INTO SECOND SPOT

SONOMA, Calif., July 25 - Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, aboard his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, grabbed the second starting spot after the first day of qualifying here Friday for the FRAM-Autolite Nationals at Infineon Raceway.

Schumacher's 3.813-second pass at 314.09 mph during the evening session was just a tick slower than the 1,000 foot trip posted by Antron Brown, his former U.S. Army Racing teammate.

"That's a great effort for the U.S. Army team," said Schumacher. "We're certainly right there with Antron. Hopefully, we can come back out tomorrow and lay down a couple more good runs to get ready for Sunday."

The Chicago-area native was particularly pleased with his first run of the day (3.876-seconds at 309.20 mph) since it happened during the heat of the day.

"As always, those are the conditions we normally race in," he added. "You definitely don't want to struggle when the sun is out."

Schumacher arrived in Wine Country coming off two straight wins in Denver and Seattle, respectively. This weekend he's attempting to become only the sixth driver in NHRA history to sweep the NHRA's "Western Swing."

"We'd love to do it," he said. "It's been a few years since Larry Dixon did it in Top Fuel (2003). But, we've got our work cut out for us. None of these races are slam dunks, that's for sure. It's a battle every round."

Schumacher, who is also looking to claim his second consecutive win at Infineon Raceway, came into the 15th race of the year carrying a 357-point lead over Brown in the standings.

"We just want to keep performing like a well-oiled machine," he said. "Everyone knows that momentum is very important in this sport and we've had that very thing in recent weeks. We'd like to hang on to it a while longer."

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Larry Dixon , Tony Schumacher