SCHUMACHER POCKETS PROVISIONAL NUMBER ONE MADISON, Ill., April 30, 2010 - U.S. Army Top Fuel pilot Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher grabbed the provisional number one starting position here Friday during the first day of qualifying for the AAA ...
SCHUMACHER POCKETS PROVISIONAL NUMBER ONE
MADISON, Ill., April 30, 2010 - U.S. Army Top Fuel pilot Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher grabbed the provisional number one starting position here Friday during the first day of qualifying for the AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway. In his only pass of the day (the second qualifying session was postponed due to severe thunderstorms), Schumacher posted a 3.829-second trip at 318.62 mph.
"That was an outstanding run by the U.S. Army team," said the defending world champion. "The car left great and we shot right through the shake zone and on down there. I didn't know the number, but I felt like it was a pretty good lap."
On Saturday, the Chicago-area resident will be attempting to nail his second pole of the year and the 60th of his career.
"It's only one run, but it looks like the test we had right after the Las Vegas race is producing the kind of results we wanted," he added. "We tried a lot of things to try and get the car to run consistently.
"We really haven't been running very well of late, so we need to go some rounds this weekend to try and turn this thing around. We're still early in the season - it's just a matter of remaining focused and working hard. Before too long, we'll start moving up in the standings."
Having not visited victory lane since the Gatornationals last month, Schumacher will be looking for his win light to pop up four times on Sunday.
"We're a hungry bunch," he said. "We've gone out in the second round twice and first round over the last three races, so you can imagine how determined we are."
While Schumacher, who is fifth in the points, bolted to the top of the order on Friday, his U.S. Army Racing teammate, Antron Brown, clearly struggled.
Brown, aboard his Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster, dropped into the 12th starting spot with a sluggish 7.157-second run at 88.55 mph. He arrived in St. Louis holding fourth-place in the standings.
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