NHRA POWERADE SERIES POST RACE NOTES: 42nd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals Nov. 9-12, Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Pomona, Calif. TOP FUEL * Tony Schumacher, from Chicago, raced to a national record time and won the race to clinch his third ...
NHRA POWERADE SERIES POST RACE NOTES:
42nd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals
Nov. 9-12, Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Pomona, Calif.
* Tony Schumacher, from Chicago, raced to a national record time and won the race to clinch his third consecutive NHRA POWERade Series world championship in dramatic fashion. He defeated Melanie Troxel in the final round race and defeated season-long rival Doug Kalitta for the championship.
* Schumacher's championship title marks the greatest comeback in NHRA history. After the 10th race of the season, Schumacher trailed the series leader by 336 points, or a little more than 16 rounds.
* It is Schumacher's fifth victory of the season. It is his third consecutive victory at the Auto Club NHRA Finals and his fourth win at this track.
* With his 35th career victory, Schumacher ties "Big Daddy" Don Garlits for third on the all-time Top Fuel wins list.
* Kalitta drove his Mac Tools dragster to his second No. 1 qualifying award of the season and the 28th of his career. It is his second No. 1 at this event and fourth at this track.
* Schumacher's national record time of 4.428 seconds, worth the 20 bonus points that he needed to secure the championship title, is tied for the second-quickest run in NHRA history and also the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona track record.
* Schumacher joins Joe Amato as the only Top Fuel drivers to win three consecutive world championships in NHRA history; He earned a $400,000 bonus for winning the title. It was Schumacher's fourth championship title overall.
* Schumacher was fined $20,000 by NHRA officials for failing to follow the commands of NHRA Chief Starter Rick Stewart during Saturday's final qualifying attempt.
* Morgan Lucas was docked 15 points for oiling the racing surface in the first round.
* Rod Fuller's David Powers Homes/Valvoline dragster crew won the Full Throttle Pit Crew challenge award. Doug Kalitta won the season award, worth $25,000.
* John Force, from Yorba Linda, Calif., earned a record 14th Funny Car world championship title with his 122nd career victory. He defeated upstart Jack Beckman for the race victory, and held off Ron Capps and teammate Robert Hight for the POWERade Series crown.
* Force claimed the championship title with his second round victory over Ron Capps. It is his third victory this season, 12th at this track and seventh at this event.
* Jack Beckman raced to his first career No. 1 qualifier award in his Matco Tools Dodge Charger.
* Beckman clocked both ends of the national performance record with a time of 4.662 seconds and a speed of 333.66 mph.
* Force earned the championship, his first since 2004, by a final tally of 112 points. Force earns a $400,000 bonus from NHRA and POWERade for the title.
* Del Worsham was involved in a spectacular crash during Friday's round of qualifying. His Checker Schuck's Kragen Chevy Monte Carlo suffered an engine explosion and went out of control as Worsham tried to stop the car without the aid of parachutes. His car dug into the sand traps at the end of the shutdown area and tumbled two times before coming to a stop in the catch fence. Worsham walked away from the wreckage and was transported to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center where he was found to have a cracked tailbone but no other injuries. Worsham's team brought out a back-up car and he lost in the first round of eliminations.
* John Force defeated Jack Beckman by .0108-second in the final round to claim the $1,000 Motel 6 Who Got the Light Award.
* Robert Hight's Auto Club Ford Mustang team won the Full Throttle Pit Crew challenge award. Force's Castrol GTX Mustang team claimed the $25,000 season award.
* Greg Anderson, from Charlotte, N.C., raced to his fourth victory of the season and the 43rd of his career by defeating teammate Jason Line in the final round.
* It was Anderson's fourth victory at this track and his third at this event.
* Line raced to his seventh No. 1 qualifying award of the season and 11th of his career in his Summit Racing Pontiac GTO. It is his second straight No. 1 at this event.
* Jason Line clocked a track record performance of 6.634 seconds at 208.68 mph in his Summit Racing Equipment Pontiac GTO.
* Jason Line's Summit Racing Pontiac GTO team won the Full Throttle Pit Crew challenge award. His teammate, Greg Anderson, earned the season award, worth $15,000.
PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE
* Craig Treble, from Hensley, Ark., ended a two-year winless drought by outrunning first-time finalist Tom Bradford in the final round. Treble rode his Team Tigue Suzuki to the win over Bradford's Hal's Speed Shop Buell.
* It was Treble's ninth career victory and his second victory at this event and his third final round appearance here.
* Andrew Hines earned his second No. 1 qualifying position of the season and the 19th of his career. He rode his Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson to a 7.202 second run at 191.00 mph to claim the top spot. It was his first No. 1 effort at this track.
* Hines earned his third consecutive NHRA POWERade Series world championship title, joining his brother Matt and Angelle Sampey as the only riders to win three consecutive crowns. For the title Hines earns a $50,000 bonus. He claimed the title when rival Antron Brown lost in the second round. Hines' margin of victory over Brown for the series title was 23 points.
* Craig Treble's Team Tigue Suzuki crew won the Full Throttle Pit Crew challenge award. The season-long award, worth $5,000, was awarded to Chip Ellis' Drag Specialties S&S Buell team.
POWERADE FAN NATIONALS
* Matt Sackman, from Channahon, Ill., won the NHRA POWERade Fan Nationals world championship title. Sackman, a 13-year-old NHRA O'Reilly Auto Parts Jr. Drag Racing League competitor and NHRA POWERade Series fan, defeated 22 other finalists from around the country to claim the POWERade Fan Nationals world championship title, driving realistic POWERade Funny Car simulators. As part of his championship winnings, Sackman will join today's pro champion drivers at the Winner's Circle where he will experience the feel of winning his first championship series. He'll also receive a replica winner's leather jacket, complete with his own monogrammed signature, as well as a one-of-a-kind POWERade Fan Nationals trophy. Additionally, Sackman is guaranteed a trip to next year's finals for a chance to defend his title.