SCHUMACHER FIFTH AFTER FIRST DAY OF ACTION SONOMA, Calif., July 16, 2010 - Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, aboard his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, posted the fifth quickest time here Friday during the first day of qualifying for the FRAM-Autolite...
SCHUMACHER FIFTH AFTER FIRST DAY OF ACTION
SONOMA, Calif., July 16, 2010 - Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, aboard his U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, posted the fifth quickest time here Friday during the first day of qualifying for the FRAM-Autolite Nationals at Infineon Raceway.
Schumacher, who is a two-time winner at Infineon Raceway, recorded a 3.926-second pass at 305.98 mph in his only qualifying session of the day. The second session was cancelled due to the track's time curfew.
"Despite having a fuel pump issue, we ran pretty well today," said Schumacher. "What's disappointing is that we didn't get to run again at night. It's tough when you lose a session when the conditions are so good."
In Wine Country, the seven-time world champion is looking to rebound from a second round loss last weekend at Pacific Raceways outside of Seattle.
"For sure, we want to get back in the groove here in Sonoma," said the Chicago-area resident. "We need to get back into second-place in the standings. We don't want to keep sliding backwards."
After watching his Don Schumacher Racing teammate, Cory McClenathan, win the race at Pacific Raceways, Schumacher dropped to third and nine points in back of McClenathan.
"Obviously, that's not a big deficit to make up," said Schumacher. "But, we still have to go out and do our jobs on Sunday. We have to go rounds, plain and simple."
Schumacher's U.S. Army Racing teammate, Antron Brown, ended up second in the order behind provisional pole sitter Larry Dixon.
Brown, who drives the Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster, posted a 3.863-second run at 315.86 mph which was just a tick slower than Dixon's 3.839-second trip at 317.79 mph.
Rounding out the top five in Top Fuel was Doug Kalitta in third and Brandon Bernstein in fourth.