Bristol: Schumacher No. 2 after first day

Bristol, Tenn. (July 7): After the first day of qualifying for the $200,000 Winston No Bull Showdown, Tony Schumacher and his Exide Batteries teammates sit in the No. 2 qualifying position. Showing the consistency that earned them the 1999...

Bristol, Tenn. (July 7): After the first day of qualifying for the $200,000 Winston No Bull Showdown, Tony Schumacher and his Exide Batteries teammates sit in the No. 2 qualifying position.

Showing the consistency that earned them the 1999 Top Fuel Championship, Team Exide fielded the only car in both Top Fuel and Funny Car classes to make full passes down the Bristol quarter mile.

In the first attempt of the day, Schumacher ran a solid 4.837 e.t. at 256.94 mph. He was one of only three dragsters to make a sub 5-second pass. That run was good enough to put Schumacher in the No. 2 spot.

"That could have been a better pass if I wouldn't have shut off early," said Schumacher. Schumacher shut the car off at 3.83 seconds into the run which accounted for his low mph.

"I didn't feel the car pulling like it normally does, so I thought I was spinning the tires, when in fact, it was doing what Dan (Olson-crew chief) had planned because of the heat and track conditions."

In the second session, Schumacher's Dan Olson-tuned dragster ran a 4.693 e.t. at 305.63 mph which kept him No. 2 in qualifying. Schumacher was edged by Gary Scelzi by .018 seconds for the No. 1 spot.

"The car was still a little soft," said Schumacher, "but Dan's got a plan for getting ready for eliminations."

Qualifying is scheduled to resume Saturday with round 3 at noon and the first round of eliminations scheduled for 5pm. ESPN2 will televise qualifying and eliminations. Check local listings for times.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Schumacher , Gary Scelzi