Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals
Schumacher doubles up, wins fourth straight race
After recording his fourth straight victory and his eighth for the season, Schumacher earned the NHRA's "double up" bonus of $50,000, following a $100,000 payday on Saturday for capturing the Budweiser Shootout. He also earned $400,000 for clinching his second consecutive NHRA POWERade Top Fuel world championship as well as $40,000 for the event win.
"Just when you think it can't get any better, it does," he offered. "The money aside, I'm just happy that we could deliver this kind of performance to our soldiers. We know that they're all fans of our team, but we're bigger fans of them."
Schumacher took out Clay Millican, Brandon Bernstein and Doug Herbert before posting a 4.486-second pass at 327.19 mph to level David Grubnic in the finals.
"That last run was quite impressive, to say the very least," said Schumacher. "The track today was a little tricky and slippery. But, as usual, Alan Johnson (his crew chief) and the entire U.S. Army team did a masterful job. I'm proud to say that I'm part of this team."
With his final round advancement and the win, Schumacher tied a couple of NHRA records - six straight final rounds and four consecutive victories. Additionally, he became only the second driver in NHRA history to post a Bud Shootout win and race win on the same weekend.
"Last year was amazing, but this season is fast becoming even more amazing," he added.
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