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2014 U.S. Nationals: Schumacher wins TF Shootout, Capps takes Brainerd final

Ron Capps defeated John Force in the rain-delayed Brainerd final in Indy
Ron Capps defeated John Force in the rain-delayed Brainerd final in Indy
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NHRA Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher took home the trophy and $100,000 in the Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel on Saturday, part of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Schumacher’s Don Schumacher Racing Funny Car teammate Ron Capps was also a big winner on Saturday, beating John Force in the rain-delayed Brainerd final round.

Schumacher, seven-time Top Fuel champ and the winningest Top Fuel driver at Indy with nine career victories, defeated Richie Crampton in the final round of the specialty race after taking round wins over Spencer Massey and Doug Kalitta. It was Schumacher’s first Traxxas Nitro Shootout victory.

“These are the eight best cars as a whole,” Schumacher said of the competition in the Traxxas Nitro Shootout. “They’re cars that have gone out and won races and continuously find themselves in final rounds. It’s very satisfying (to win).”

Capps earned his second win of the season with the victory over Force.

“It was hard waiting all this time,” said Capps of the delay from Brainerd. “It was cool knowing you were going to race Force, knowing you’re going to do it at Indy of all places on a Saturday night under the lights. We knew that was going to happen regardless.”

The rain-delayed Pro Stock semifinals from Brainerd saw victories go to Jason Line, who defeated Dave River, and Jeg Coughlin Jr., who defeated Vincent Nobile. The Pro Stock final will run on Sunday during the fourth qualifying session at 11 a.m. ET.

“The Summit Camaro is on a rail right now,” said Line. “It's definitely the best race car that I've ever had. It's taken us a long time to get here, but it's a great feeling – especially in today's Pro Stock, where it's tough to have any kind of an advantage. Right now, it feels like we actually have a little one."

The final qualifying sessions for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals are Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. ET. Final eliminations take place Monday, September 1st beginning at 11 a.m. ET. Keep up with the action at www.nhra.com.

Quotes in this piece provided by the NHRA.

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