The championship fight in drag racing's premier class, top fuel, has tightened up considerably as the National Hot Rod Assn. moves to Kansas this weekend.
Tony Schumacher, the record seven-time top-fuel champion, held a slim five-point lead over his teammate and reigning title holder Antron Brown as they arrived at Heartland Park Topeka for the NHRA Kansas Nationals.
Brown, 37, edged closer to the championship lead in the NHRA's Mello Yello Series with his victory last weekend at the rain-delayed Atlanta race, his second win of the season. But he's never won in Kansas.
Schumacher likewise has two victories through the first seven races for far this year but he's also struggled at times, including in Houston and Atlanta.