There were a lot of great Soldiers here today, so to be able to give back to them what we’ve created with these wins is so rewarding. The freedom they give us and sacrifices they make just so we can do this is unbelievable. I love every one of them. What an awesome win and an awesome place.”
The victory pushed Schumacher past Top Fuel legend “Big Daddy” Don Garlits and tied “The Sarge” with Pro Stock legend Bob Glidden as the only drivers with nine U.S. Nationals victories.
“I really wish ‘Big Daddy’ would’ve been here today,” Schumacher said. “I know he’s at home taking care of his wife, and family always comes first. I really appreciated the fact that he was behind my car and clapping when we won my eighth (in 2009). He’s done so much for the sport. I don’t ever want to feel like we’re taking anything away from him. He had a great record in a different time period. He accomplished so much. Someday someone is going to pass me, I’m sure.”
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