Las Vegas, NV (April 8, 2000): As Tony Schumacher and Team Exide took to "the Strip" at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to try to improve on their first day qualifying number for the SummitRacing.com Nationals, they once again saw capacity crowds fill...
Las Vegas, NV (April 8, 2000): As Tony Schumacher and Team Exide took to "the Strip" at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to try to improve on their first day qualifying number for the SummitRacing.com Nationals, they once again saw capacity crowds fill the stands at this beautiful new facility.
Schumacher's first attempt of the day was better than his previous best, but he still dropped one spot to No. 8. He ran a 4.735 et at 310.20 mph. "We are still really soft," said Schumacher, "but we haven't hurt any parts at all this weekend."
"Dan Olson's (crew chief) tune-up has always been one that doesn't hurt parts."
With the grandstands still filled Schumacher staged for his final qualifying pass for the 2000 SummitRacing.com Nationals. The car a very consistent 4.737 et at 310.05 mph and Schumacher held the No. 8 spot. "We'll be all right on race day," said Schumacher, "a lot guys struggled with the heat and we were consistent, which is what won us the championship last year."
Schumacher will face Tim Gibson and his Bill Miller Engineering entry in the first round of eliminations. Should Schumacher win the first round, he would most likely face No. 1 qualifier Kenny Bernstein in round two. Bernstein took the No. 1 qualifying spot with a 4.630 et at 314.09 mph.
"The fans have been great this weekend. For the first race at this track, it is unbelievable the size of the crowd," commented Schumacher as he signed autographs in his souvenir trailer.
"This is going to be a great race for many years. I have met a lot of great people this weekend."
Schumacher also made his second appearance and autograph session of the week at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino on Saturday evening. When asked about seeing his name on a Las Vegas marquee, he said, "I knew it was supposed to be on there, but I couldn't believe it until I saw it from my hotel window. And then, I still had a hard time believing it." (Download attachment for photo)
Final eliminations are scheduled for 11:00am Pacific time. Check your local listing for TNN Television coverage of the SummitRacing.com Nationals.