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Schumacher Gets No. 1 Spot

October 8, 2000

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (AP) _ NHRA Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher claimed the No. 1 qualifying position Saturday night at Memphis Motorsports Park, but was injured later in a crash.

Schumacher recorded a track record 4.552-second pass during the first of two qualifying runs to lead the 16-car field for the AutoZone Nationals. On his final qualifying attempt, his dragster went out of control and crashed.

The 30-year-old driver was extracted from his car and taken to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis. His injuries were not believed to be life threatening, and he was being evaluated late Saturday night.

Should Schumacher, currently 49 points behind leader Gary Scelzi, be cleared by medical officials to compete Sunday, he will face Rhonda Hartman-Smith in the first round of final eliminations.

John Force (Funny Car), Scott Geoffrion (Pro Stock) and Greg Stanfield (Pro Stock Truck) qualified No. 1 in their respective categories at the $1.8 million event.

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