Team Exide heads to the home of the King Park Ridge, IL (October 5): Elvis was known for "Rock and Roll" records and the Exide team is beginning to be known for breaking records as they head to Memphis, TN and the AutoZone Nationals, October...
Team Exide heads to the home of the King
Park Ridge, IL (October 5): Elvis was known for "Rock and Roll" records and the Exide team is beginning to be known for breaking records as they head to Memphis, TN and the AutoZone Nationals, October 7-10, the next stop of their high-speed tour.
Leaving Topeka, KS without a victory was only a small disappointment for this team that has been building confidence with each race and pass down the quarter mile.
"We know that if we just keep going rounds and focusing on each of our individual jobs, the wins will come," said driver Tony Schumacher. "We have four races to go and we feel like at least one of those will be ours. Besides, our main goal is the Winston Championship."
As the Championship hunt draws to a close, each qualifying position and round of eliminations takes on a greater significance. The Exide team has seemed to take on a greater confidence as they have become the points leader and maintained that lead through two events. "We have worked very hard to get to this point. No one has handed this Exide team the lead. We have earned it by winning rounds and not easy rounds by any means," said Schumacher.
As Schumacher looks forward to the weekend in Memphis he is eager to get back to work and get his 330 MPH dragster down the Memphis Motorsports Park track. "Dan (Olson-Crew Chief) has a great tune-up for this track. We were one of the few cars that didn't smoked the tires at the top end of the track at Maple Grove and we think should have the same success in Memphis."
So far this year, Schumacher and Team Exide have set ten track records, nine of them MPH and one low ET. Heartland Park was no exception as Schumacher chalked up another track record by running 327.90 MPH; the second fastest speed in NHRA history. Schumacher now holds the top three speeds in the sport. He also set a personal best ET in the second round of eliminations by running 4.527 seconds down the Topeka, KS quarter mile.
"Some people don't think the speed number is as important as ET, but it shows that we can run some people down at the top end," said Schumacher, "it should have the guy in the other lane looking over his shoulder if he doesn't see me out front."
Crew Chief Dan Olson's tune-up has produced tremendous horsepower and high MPH for Schumacher this year, but in the last several races he has had arguably the most consistent car on the track during eliminations. "The whole combination is really coming together when we need it the most," said Schumacher, "Dan and my dad (Owner-Don Schumacher) have had us testing every chance we get."
"I wouldn't trade this car for any other out there with the Winston Championship on the line."
Qualifying for the AutoZone Nationals is scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Final eliminations are scheduled to begin at 11:00am on Sunday, October 10.