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NHRA: Tony Schumacher claims $100K Top Fuel bonus at U.S. Nationals

Aug 31, 2014, 2:15 PM EST

NHRA Auto Racing AP

NHRA Top Fuel pilot Tony Schumacher is going after his 10th title at the famous U.S. Nationals this Labor Day weekend in Indianapolis.

But “The Sarge” has already captured a nice prize for himself.

In yesterday’s Top Fuel final of the Traxxas Nitro Shootout – a “race within a race” featuring eight of the class’ best drivers – Schumacher defeated Richie Crampton with a 3.748-second burst down the quarter-mile at Lucas Oil Raceway.

His winning speed: A track-record 328.54 miles per hour. His bounty: $100,000. His confidence: Sky high.

“I would not want to race against me,” Schumacher told the Indianapolis Star. “It’s a great car that is getting better and better and better. I would guarantee our car is the team to beat now.

“If we get it all together, and we’re on it, we’ll be unbeatable.”

With the Shootout consisting of three rounds, Schumacher advanced to the final via a quarterfinal win over Spencer Massey, and then a semifinal win over Doug Kalitta.

Yesterday also saw the continuation of weather-delayed events from Brainerd, Minnesota as Ron Capps defeated John Force in the Funny Car Final with a 4.026 at 320.36. And this morning, Jason Line won the Brainerd Pro Stock Final over Jeg Coughlin Jr. with a 6.596 at 207.40.

Today has the Funny Car class taking part in the Shootout. Among those competing in this tournament are: John Force, Tim Wilkerson, Robert Hight, Cruz Pedregon, Ron Capps, Courtney Force, Tommy Johnson Jr., and Alexis DeJoria.

The top-tier Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will also conclude qualifying rounds ahead of Monday’s final eliminations.

  1. techmeister1 - Aug 31, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    The Sarge has been struggling this year but they may be getting their car sorted out finally. One race does not make a championship but they are peaking at the right time. He who makes the least mistakes is likely the one who will win the 2014 championship.

    Congrats to the Brainerd winners who ended up running the final rounds at Indy. Brainerd was quite the cluster with the weather and bad calls by NHRA.

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