2015 NHRA TOP FUEL WORLD CHAMP BROWN, MATCO TOOLS TEAM JUST MISS WINNING THEIR EIGHTH TROPHY IN FINALS AT POMONA

(Article from Don Schumacher Racing)

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 15, 2015) – Antron Brown and the Matco Tools/U.S. Army Top Fuel team opened the big present two weeks ago when they clinched their second the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championship and nearly added a pretty bow to it on Sunday.

The seven-time winners in the 2015 season advanced to the championship round of the Auto Club NHRA Nationals at Pomona, Calif., and fell short to defeating Don Schumacher Racing teammate Shawn Langdon in the championship round.

Photo c/o NHRA.

Photo c/o NHRA.

But it was hard for Antron to be too disappointed with a season that produced a career-best total of wins and equaled a career-mark No. 1 qualifying positions after he won the Pomona pole on Saturday.

In the final, the Matco team led by crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Mark Oswald produced a stellar run of 3.732 at 321.73 mph but it wasn’t enough to beat Langdon’s 3.715 at a track record 332.43 mph.

“It was a good drag race there against Shawn,” Antron said. “What can you say – five-thousandths of a second at the line.

“It was a beautiful year. As far as the season is concerned, hey, we did everything we wanted to do and we’re just so happy and grateful that everything turned out the way it did.

“I’ve been super stoked about all of our guys, all of our team, all of our great partners this year – Matco Tools, the U.S. Army, Toyota. It feels good to bring the championship home.

“We end the year with a Countdown that was pretty tight with three wins, a couple of semifinals and a runner-up, that’s just a stellar year and just a stellar Countdown and we’re just super stoked.”

In a year of personal bests for Brown, the Matco team earned 51 round wins equaling the most in one season for Brown, while collecting 19 round wins during the Countdown to the Championship playoff, the second most behind DSR and U.S. Army Racing teammate Tony Schumacher’s 20 in 2008.

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Brown clinches second NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel championship

(Article from NHRA.com)
By Phil Burgess, National DRAGSTER Editor

With a second-round victory at the NHRA Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas, Antron Brown clinched his second NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel championship.

Brown, who entered the six-race Countdown to the Championship playoffs as the No. 2 seed, then won the first three events of the playoffs, clinched the title when his teammate, Tony Schumacher, was defeated in the second round of eliminations at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Brown’s Don Schumacher Racing/Matco Tools dragster was able to beat Dave Connolly in his heat.

Brown made history in 2012 when he won his first Mello Yello world championship to become the first African-American NHRA world champ and first black driver to win a major U.S. auto racing championship title.

“It’s definitely a lot better feeling when you have control of your own destiny with your team,” said Brown, whose 2012 title was won with him on the sidelines after an early defeat at the season finale. “It feels good to be racing for it and not standing on the sidelines watching it. That’s been a true blessing. Our guys have worked so hard this year and it feels good to see it come to fruition.”

Brown and crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Mark Oswald earned several big wins during the regular season, including the tradition-rich NHRA Summernationals at Raceway Park in New Jersey. His team moved into playoff form with a convincing win at Sonoma Raceway during the famed NHRA Western Swing. At Brainerd, he earned a 20-point bonus for setting the national E.T. record at 3.680 seconds. He opened the Countdown Playoffs with a flurry, taking consecutive victories at Charlotte, St. Louis and Reading to build a lead in the playoffs.

Antron Brown wins 2015 Top Fuel NHRA Mello Yello Championship