Nov 2, 2015

Don Schumacher Racing

Las Vegas Weekend reports.

Weekend wrap-up

Brown, Matco team led by Corradi and Oswald hand DSR its
14th NHRA Mello Yello Series world championship trophy

LAS VEGAS (Nov. 1, 2015) - Antron Brown and the Matco Tools/U.S. Army team won its second Top Fuel world championship in four years on Sunday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and they enjoyed doing it this year more than in 2012.

The 2012 season ended with the Matco team dropping first-round races at the last two races and Antron had to watch as DSR teammate Tony Schumacher mounted a valiant end-of-the-year rally before losing in the championship round at the finale that gave Antron the championship by a scant seven points.

That changed Sunday when the Don Schumacher Racing's Matco team led by crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Mark Oswald with assistant Brad Mason clinched the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series in the second round of the Toyota NHRA Nationals when they won and teammate and reigning world champ Tony Schumacher and Richie Crampton lost in the same round.

"When we got to Vegas the door was open and it feels good to shut the door on this 2015 season and get it over with," said Brown, won a career-best seven titles this year with one to go. "It's just so awesome to get it done and not be a nail-biter. This is the best story we have in our whole career."

"I couldn't be prouder and happier to do it with the guys on this Matco Tools/U.S. Army/Toyota team led by (crew chiefs) Brian Corradi and Mark Oswald. Just incredible.

"We were greedy; we wanted to get the Toyota Nationals trophy and the big trophy. We'll take the big one any day.

"We just feel really blessed to do it and to do it with my wife (Billie Jo) here. She was supposed to stay home (in Pittsboro, Ind.) and go trick-or-treating with our kids but she came with Daddy. That's a big thing to pull mom away from the kids."

The championship is the 14th for DSR.

"The next one is always sweeter," Brown said. "The first is always great but the second one is greater."

To clinch the championship, Antron needed to leave Las Vegas with a 151-point lead and he bettered that and will arrive in Pomona, Calif., in two weeks leading by 162 points in possession of the Mello Yello world championship trophy and DSR holding the $500,000 bonus.

ANTRON BROWN, Matco Tools/U.S. Army
Qualified: No. 1
SUNDAY'S CHAMPIONSHIP ELIMINATIONS
First round: BROWN (3.787 sec., 321.73 mph) def. Jenna Haddock (3.850, 311.63)
Second round: BROWN (3.786, 323.74) def. Dave Connolly (4.515, 173.23)
Semifinals: Doug Kalitta (3.774, 322.73) def. BROWN (3.786, 317.94)
QUALIFYING RESULTS
SATURDAY: 3.798 sec., 324.36 mph, (Session 3); 3.748, 324.20, (Session 4)
FRIDAY: 3.823, 319.22, (Session 1); 3.722, 326.95, (Session 2)

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Brown, Matco team led by Corradi and Oswald hand DSR its
14th NHRA world championship; battle continues in Funny Car

LAS VEGAS (Nov. 1, 2015) - Antron Brown and the Matco Tools/U.S. Army team won its second Top Fuel world championship in four years on Sunday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and they enjoyed doing it this year more than in 2012.

The 2012 season ended with the Matco team dropping first-round races at the last two races and Antron had to watch as DSR teammate Tony Schumacher mounted a valiant end-of-the-year rally before losing in the championship round at the finale that gave Antron the championship by a scant seven points.

That changed Sunday when the Don Schumacher Racing's Matco team led by crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Mark Oswald with assistant Brad Mason clinched the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series in the second round of the Toyota NHRA Nationals when they won and teammate and reigning world champ Tony Schumacher and Richie Crampton lost in the same round.

"When we got to Vegas the door was open and it feels good to shut the door on this 2015 season and get it over with," said Brown, won a career-best seven titles this year with one to go. "It's just so awesome to get it done and not be a nail-biter. This is the best story we have in our whole career."

"I couldn't be prouder and happier to do it with the guys on this Matco Tools/U.S. Army/Toyota team led by (crew chiefs) Brian Corradi and Mark Oswald. Just incredible.

"We were greedy; we wanted to get the Toyota Nationals trophy and the big trophy. We'll take the big one any day.

"We just feel really blessed to do it and to do it with my wife (Billie Jo) here. She was supposed to stay home (in Pittsboro, Ind.) and go trick-or-treating with our kids but she came with Daddy. That's a big thing to pull mom away from the kids."

The championship is the 14th for DSR.

"The next one is always sweeter," Brown said. "The first is always great but the second one is greater."

To clinch the championship, Antron needed to leave Las Vegas with a 151-point lead and he bettered that and will arrive in Pomona, Calif., in two weeks leading by 162 points in possession of the Mello Yello world championship trophy and DSR holding the $500,000 bonus.

In Funny Car, DSR's Tommy Johnson Jr. and the Make-A-Wish 2015 Dodge Charger R/T advanced to their seventh championship round before missing its fourth win of the year after being the quickest in three of four qualifying sessions to earn its third No. 1 qualifying position of the year.

But the team led by crew chief John Collins and assistant Rip Reynolds were able to get Johnson to within 97 points of leader Del Worsham of Kalitta Motorsports after being 147 behind when the team arrived at Las Vegas.

Jack Beckman and DSR's Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car team didn't lose any points to leader Del Worsham Sunday, but the No. 2 ranked team lost a chance to gain ground after losing to teammate Ron Capps in the second round with identical 3.988-second times and then watched as Worsham also was eliminated later in the round.

At least Beckman and the team led by crew chief Jimmy Prock will head to Pomona, Calif., in two weeks only 38 points behind Worsham and within reach of the world championship.

"That's a tough one to come out on the losing end of but you know what I think we showed for everybody in the stands and at home that DSR races for it, no matter what the stakes are," Jack said, referring to other organizations that doesn't always go all-out against a higher ranked teammate.

"If there's any silver lining it's that Del lost that round. We're still two rounds out. It's real simple. We need to out qualify him at Pomona and we need him on the same side of the ladder as us and we need to beat him early."

Langdon, Red Fuel team ousted in opening round of Sunday's NHRA Toyota Nationals at Las Vegas, drop to 8th in Countdown standings

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LAS VEGAS (November 1, 2015) - The classic slogan of "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" is just fine for Shawn Langdon and the Red Fuel Powered by Schumacher/Sandvik Coromant Top Fuel team.

After a great qualifying outing where the team led by crew chiefs Todd Okuhara and Phil Shuler posted three 3.7-second laps and qualified sixth for Sunday's NHRA Toyota Nationals eliminations at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Langdon was ousted in the opening round of competition when his 10,000-horsepower dragster slowed.

"We had a great car in qualifying and we've really been on a roll, making great runs," he said. "The whole Red Fuel team has done an excellent job. So it's a little disappointing to lose first round because I really felt like we had such a great racecar today. Clay Millican no doubt made a great run against us so it would've taken a good run for us to beat him."

The opening round loss dropped the Red Fuel/Sandvik team to eighth in Top Fuel championship points standings. Shawn's Don Schumacher Racing teammate Antron Brown clinched the world championship, his second, on Sunday at Las Vegas.

"I was really expecting better results today and we were really wanting to move up a couple spots in the points standings and try to get in that third spot by the end of the year.

"It is what it is. All we can do now is look at what happened here and get stuff ready to go to Pomona. Pomona is a good track to go to, it's a fast track and the car is running great so I really expect us to have a great car out there as well."

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series heads to its finale in two weeks at Auto Club Raceway near Pomona.

"I definitely want to get this Red Fuel car in the winner's circle so I'm going to be focused on that."

Langdon's day wasn't a complete disappointment. His father, Chad, raced in the Super Comp category at Las Vegas and took the event win with Shawn watching from the starting line.

"That was pretty cool to see my dad get the win," he said. "It's just such a family sport and it meant a lot to me to be here to see that. Hopefully he can return the favor and watch from the starting line during the Top Fuel final at Pomona."

 

SHAWN LANGDON, Red Fuel Powered by Schumacher/Sandvik Coromant
Qualifying position: No. 6
First round: Millican (3.768, 319.52) def. LANGDON (4.437, 195.08)
QUALIFYING RESULTS
FRIDAY: 3.788 sec., 324.20 mph, (Session 1); 3.768, 332.67, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 3.785, 326.00, (Session 3); 7.444, 96.49, (Session 4)


TOP FUEL
Season champion: Antron Brown (Don Schumacher Racing)
Winner: Doug Kalitta (Kalitta Motorsports)
No. 1 qualifier: Brown (DSR), 3.722 sec., 326.95 mph

 

2015 NHRA MELLO YELLO STANDINGS - Countdown to the Championship
(Unofficial after Las Vegas 2; 5 of 6 in Countdown, 23 of 24 overall; DSR drivers in CAPS)
TOP FUEL
DRIVER (WINS) POINTS BEHIND
1. ANTRON BROWN (7) champion 2588 -----
2. TONY SCHUMACHER (3) 2426 -162
3. Larry Dixon 2372 -216
4. Richie Crampton (5) 2356 -232
5. Brittany Force 2331 -257
6. Doug Kalitta (3) 2296 -292
7. Steve Torrence (1) 2289 -299
8. SHAWN LANGDON (1) 2275 -313
9. Dave Connolly 2271 -317
10. JR Todd (1) 2249 -339

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About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields seven professional NHRA teams. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the Matco Tools dragster driven by two-time world champion Antron Brown and the Sandvik Coromant/Red Fuel Powered by Schumacher dragster driven by Shawn Langdon and in Funny Car, 2011 and 2014 world champion Matt Hagan in the Mopar Express Lane/Rocky Boots 2015 Dodge Charger R/T, 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge of Ron Capps and the Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr.

DSR has won 266 NHRA national event titles and 14 world championships.
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