Playoff picture taking shape as POWERade Series moves to Brainerd

Countdown contenders are running out of time in the NHRA POWERade Series. One driver who doesn't have to worry is Tony Schumacher, who has won eight of 15 national events in the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster.

Updated: August 8, 2008, 1:35 PM ET
By Bill Stephens | Special to ESPN.com

Until the NHRA POWERade schedule underwent a reshuffling in 2004, the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minn., served as the final national event before the hallowed Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. The Brainerd race enjoyed amplified significance as racers in all four professional categories used that event to fine-tune their programs in preparation for the sport's most important stop.

Brainerd is no longer the pre-Indy setup race, ...

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