Massey, who became the first Top Fuel driver to claim consecutive Four-Wide Nationals wins, began his Sunday by taking out fellow DSR driver Antron Brown in the Matco Tools/U.S. Army Dragster.
Schumacher and his nine-man U.S. Army team were machine-like Sunday. After racing his way into the field with a pressure-packed qualifying run Saturday afternoon, "The Sarge" survived a pair of passes that included four 10,000-horsepower cars racing down the track simultaneously. In the final, Schumacher left the starting line with a 0.060 reaction time and posted his best run of the weekend at 3.778 seconds at 320.81 mph, but it wasn't enough to overcome Massey's run of 3.771 seconds at 325.45 mph.
"The Army team has been fantastic all season and that continued today," said Schumacher, following his 123rd career finals appearance. "We just ran a 3.77 after being able to advance all day by running 3.80s. The Army car was really strong today and did everything we asked it to do. In the final, Spencer (Massey) just beat us. We came here to finally win this race, but I guess that will have to wait a little longer. I'm really proud of another one-two finish for DSR. We're trying to win a championship, so leaving here with the points lead is really important. If you are going to win a championship, you have to continue going rounds. We've done that this year. We know we are going to get beat some times. If we can be in the most the finals at the end of the year, we'll end up being the championship car. It's such an honor to have the support we have from the U.S. Army. I was really hoping we could win today being so close to two great Army bases and seeing all the soldiers at the track this weekend. The only thing we can do now is see if we can win one for them next weekend in Houston."
Brown's run to a Four-Wide Nationals victory ended during the first round. The reigning Top Fuel champion left the starting line second, behind Massey, but his run of 3.871 seconds at 313.22 mph wasn't fast enough to eliminate Brandon Bernstein.
"This is one of the losses that gets to you, because the Four-Wide is a race we really want to win," said Brown, who leaves Charlotte holding down the third spot in 2013 Mello Yello Top Fuel championship standings. "That's what happens with these Top Fuel cars. There's one way to win and a million ways to lose. The track turned out to be a lot better than we thought, so we ended up with a clutch system that didn't work the way we needed it to. The strength of our team, just like that of the Army Strong Soldiers, is that they never give up. We'll just have to come back next year and take another shot at winning the Four-Wide Nationals."
The runner-up finish for Schumacher, which was his second in 2013 and 52nd of his career, enabled Schumacher to increase his lead in the Top Fuel point standings. He leads Brown by 74 points (479-405).