By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: July 19th, 2014 at 11:31 pm EST
Tony Schumacher has seen his teammate Antron Brown dominate the past two race weekends. In Denver, the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster is on top of the mountain once again, as eliminations start tomorrow at the Mopar NHRA Mile High Nationals.
Schumacher earned the top spot with a 3.823 seconds at 319.75 mph. It is his 73rd No. 1 qualifier of his career.
“The Sarge,” as he’s known, will face No. 16 qualifier Jenna Haddock in the first round. Haddock went 4.557 seconds at 203.83 mph.
“We went down the track four times, we made it to the finish line four times,” said Schumacher. “Two runs were better than the other two but we are still getting there and a lot of people are struggling. The key is to take the horsepower we have, and this is a hard place to make horsepower, and we have some good power and slide it on down through there.”
Steve Torrence in the Capco Contractors Top Fuel dragster qualified second. He went 3.831 seconds at 322.96 and will face No. 15 qualifier Steven Chrisman, who went 4.173 seconds at 271.19.
Larry Dixon, Schumacher’s long-time rival, qualified third in his return to the circuit since the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in April. Dixon went 3.848 seconds at 319.22 and will face No. 14 qualifier Clay Millican, who went 4.171 seconds at 277.89 mph.
Bob Vandergriff Jr., who is also the owner of Dixon’s car, qualified in fourth place. He went 3.861 seconds at 316.82 mph and will face No. 13 qualifier Spencer Massey, who had a 3.989 seconds at 306.53 mph run.
Shawn Langdon, last year’s champion, qualified 5th with his 3.868 seconds at 315.34 mph. He’ll face No. 12 qualifier Richie Crampton, who had a 3.957 at 280.54 mph run.
Other pairings include:
No. 6 Antron Brown vs. No. 11 Doug Kalitta
No. 7 Terry McMillen vs. No. 10 J.R. Todd
No. 8 Khalid alBalooshi vs. No. 9 Brittany Force