CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals
Schumacher takes number one spot
The pilot of the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster posted a blistering 4.447-second pass at 326.79 mph in the final qualifying session to solidify his hold on the top spot in the 16-car field.
"That was such a great run," said Schumacher. "I actually may have slowed the car down a bit by pulling the parachutes too early because my visor was fogging up and I couldn't see. But, we'll use this and try to build on it for race day."
Schumacher, who claimed his first pole since the
"This is the quickest Top Fuel field in NHRA history, so there aren't any pushovers in this group," added the
Led by crew chief Alan Johnson, Schumacher progressively improved over three qualifying sessions. His first pass on Saturday produced a 4.452-second trip at 334.65 mph.
"Even though you don't gain any points, we still have a shot at the NHRA national speed record if we can go 331.30 mph or better some time on Sunday," he said. "Of course, the ultimate objective is to win the race. It really doesn't matter the route we take to get there."
The 2004 NHRA Top Fuel world champion will be looking to take his second straight Winternationals title.
"That would be a nice accomplishment," offered Schumacher.
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