O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals
"The Sarge" secures No. 1 starting position
Schumacher, in pocketing his 32nd career pole, lit up the scoreboard with a 4.520-second run at 321.12 mph to move around point leader, Doug Kalitta, in the race day order.
"It was nice to get another pole here today, but gaining a point on Kalitta (who qualified second) was definitely more important," said Schumacher. "With the championship chase so tight, every point that we can grab from him is extremely critical."
Schumacher is now 53 points behind Kalitta entering round 19 of the 23 race NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.
"Qualifying is over and now we all have to get in race day mode," he added. "The only guy we're going to concern ourselves with is Hartley come tomorrow morning."
With his 10th pole of the season, Schumacher is now one short of tying his single season record of 11 poles set last year.
"While that's an interesting statistic, we really want the round points on Sunday,"
he said. "And, of course, ultimately, we want the world championship."
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