St. Louis: Tony Schumacher ready for the battle

Defending NHRA Winston Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher knew all along that the battle for the 2000 crown in his category was going to be one of the most intense ever. Schumacher, who has two victories in six finals this season in his Exide ...

Defending NHRA Winston Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher knew all along that the battle for the 2000 crown in his category was going to be one of the most intense ever.

Schumacher, who has two victories in six finals this season in his Exide Batteries dragster, says he'll need to earn more victories if he's to keep pace with red-hot Gary Scelzi, who has four wins this season. Larry Dixon, a two-time season winner in the Miller Lite dragster, is also going to be a threat with crew chief Dick LaHaie turning the wrenches.

"We knew it would be tough to keep the points lead all year," said Schumacher, who trails Scelzi by 32. "It will just make us all work harder to get it back from Gary (Scelzi). This is the point of the season where teams start to separate from the rest of the field. We just have to make sure we stay in that front group."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Tony Schumacher , Dick LaHaie