SCHUMACHER SETTLES FOR SECOND STARTING SPOT MADISON, Ill., May 1, 2010 - Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, who handles the controls of the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, swiped the second starting position here today following final qualifying for the...
SCHUMACHER SETTLES FOR SECOND STARTING SPOT
MADISON, Ill., May 1, 2010 - Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, who handles the controls of the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, swiped the second starting position here today following final qualifying for the AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway.
Using a 3.829-second pass, Schumacher held the provisional pole after Friday's action, but his Don Schumacher Racing teammate, Cory McClenathan, was able to slide around him with a quicker 3.815-second run during the opening session on Saturday.
"That's all right," said the seven-time world champion. "We were still able to stay near the top and that's what counts. We've got a real good hot rod and I'm anxious for race day to get here."
Schumacher, who is fifth in the standings, will take on 15th-place qualifier, Scott Palmer, in the first round of eliminations beginning at 11 a.m. CT.
"We're going to come out tomorrow with guns blazing," he said. "It's time for the U.S. Army team to rise up and level everyone in our way. We have to get back to victory lane."
The Chicago-area resident has not advanced beyond the second round since he captured the Gatornationals at Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway in March.
"Trust me, we know all about that," he added. "Like I've stated in recent weeks, we're all about having late Sundays. We've got to get back to our normal ways."
Schumacher's U.S. Army Racing teammate, Antron Brown, had trouble getting down the track for a second straight day and as a result ended up 16th in the Top Fuel order.
Brown, who pilots the Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster, will square off with McClenathan in the first round of eliminations on Sunday.
"That's unfortunate my teammates have to face each other that early, but it is what it is," said Schumacher. "We're going to be focusing on what we have to do, needless to say."