Brainerd: Schumacher continues points battle

Park Ridge, Ill. (August 16): Reigning NHRA Winston Top Fuel Champion, Tony Schumacher has one thing on his mind as the 2000 season enters it's final days; retake the points lead and repeat as World Champion. Team Exide heads to the 19th...

Park Ridge, Ill. (August 16): Reigning NHRA Winston Top Fuel Champion, Tony Schumacher has one thing on his mind as the 2000 season enters it's final days; retake the points lead and repeat as World Champion. Team Exide heads to the 19th Annual Colonel's Truck Accessories Nationals in Brainerd, Minnesota, August 17-20, to continue their battle with points leader Gary Scelzi and second place, Larry Dixon.

Schumacher currently trails Scelzi by 109 points and Dixon by 12 points as the three drivers have started to separate themselves from the rest of the field. "This is getting pretty intense," said Schumacher, "it's time for us to show why we are the reigning champion."

Last year, Team Exide came to the park like setting of Brainerd International Raceway only 30 points out of the lead and was able to take the lead for good at the US Nationals. This year, they will have their work cut out for them as Scelzi and Dixon are two of the toughest running cars in the past several races.

"We didn't take advantage of some opportunities and left points on the table during the West coast swing," said Schumacher referring to the Denver, Seattle and Sonoma races, "we just have to move on and take each round at a time."

"There's still plenty of time and a lot can happen in the next couple of races."

Schumacher is also banking on the fact that the schedule leads to tracks that have proven to be the right mix with his Dan Olson-tuned dragster.

"Dan definitely has a handle on the remaining tracks that we run, it should get very interesting for the fans to watch this points race."

Top Fuel qualifying is scheduled for Friday, August 18, at 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm and Saturday, August 19 at noon and 4:00 pm. Final Eliminations are scheduled for Sunday, August 20 at 10:00 am. TNN will televise coverage of final eliminations, August 20 at 4:30 ET and PT.

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Drivers Larry Dixon