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| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Monday, March 30 2015

Jack Beckman led the DSR charge at zMAX Dragway on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Garry Eller)

CONCORD, N.C. – Don Schumacher Racing continued its domination of the NHRA Mello Yello Racing nitro classes this season with Top Fuel and Funny Car victories Sunday in the Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway.

With Antron Brown’s Top Fuel victory and Jack Beckman’s Funny Car win, DSR has now won seven of eight nitro titles in four events this season. It also was the 47th time since 2003 that DSR has won more than one title at the same NHRA event.

“Don is good at not micromanaging, but he doesn’t let you wonder far off the reservation,” Beckman said in explaining the Brownsburg, Ind.-based organization’s success. “If you’re team is not performing, he’ll let you go a couple of races and then he’ll come and tell you that’s it.

“The nice thing is there will always be another car that’s running really good, either a dragster or a Funny Car. He’ll tell you to put that stuff in your car and go run it. Then he’ll let us deviate a little bit. You’ll always find each car requires something a little bit different. He’s magnificent at giving the reins to the crew chiefs, but not being bashful about offering guidance.”

Beckman ended a 54-race winless streak with his Funny Car victory. He corralled his 16th career victory, his second in the Four-Wide Nationals, his third at zMAX and DSR’s 100th Funny Car win with an E.T. of 3.983 seconds. He defeated Tommy Johnson Jr., Chad Head and Del Worsham.

Brown successfully defended his Top Fuel title in the unique event, defeating Steve Torrence, Richie Crampton and Clay Millican with an E.T. of 3.749 seconds. His third victory at zMAX moved him into the series point lead, 26 points ahead of teammate Tony Schumacher.

After claiming his 48th career victory, Brown attributed DSR’s early success in the 2015 season to the organization’s “cohesiveness.”

“We’re able to lean on each other,” Brown continued. “We have open-door policies and the computer is open. It has shown in recent years the way we have grown as a tight-knit unit.”

Brown said the openness was vital this weekend due to the inclement weather that allowed only two qualifying rounds.

“That’s what helped us jump out there,” Brown continued. “If you want to stay competitive, you have to have those extra cars to lean on because you only get so many runs and everybody tries different things.”

The event was the second one attended by Schumacher, who was diagnosed with Stag 1 cancer in his tongue and neck in late November when he reported for his annual physical. He had surgery a few days later. A lymph node was removed and then he had 31 radiation treatments, which ended Feb. 20.

In Pro Stock, an ailing Larry Morgan broke a winless drought that dated back to October 2009. He defeated Greg Anderson, who reached his second consecutive final round, Jonathan Gray and Vincent Nobile in his inaugural round appearance at the dragway with a 6.464 E.T.

Morgan said he went to the NHRA hospital Saturday because he was having trouble breathing. However, a check of the oxygen in his blood showed he was fine.

The Pro Stock Motorcycle victory went to Andrew Hines, who now possesses two Four-Wide victories and four wins at the dragway. In obtaining his 39th career victory, he defeated Hector Arana Jr., Eddie Krawiec and Scotty Pollacheck with an E.T. of 6.805 seconds.

CONCORD, N.C. — Final finish order (1-16) for professional categories at the Sixth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway. The race is the fourth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

TOP FUEL:

1. Antron Brown; 2. Steve Torrence; 3. Richie Crampton; 4. Clay Millican; 5. Tony Schumacher; 6. Doug Kalitta; 7. Brittany Force; 8. Dave Connolly; 9. Spencer Massey; 10. Pat Dakin; 11. J.R. Todd; 12. Larry Dixon; 13. Ike Maier; 14. Shawn Langdon; 15. Leah Pritchett; 16. Chris Karamesines.

FUNNY CAR:

1. Jack Beckman; 2. Del Worsham; 3. Chad Head; 4. Tommy Johnson Jr.; 5. John Force; 6. Robert Hight; 7. Cruz Pedregon; 8. John Hale; 9. Tony Pedregon; 10. Ron Capps; 11. Dale Creasy Jr.; 12. Courtney Force; 13. Alexis DeJoria; 14. Paul Lee; 15. Tim Wilkerson; 16. Matt Hagan.

PRO STOCK:

1. Larry Morgan; 2. Greg Anderson; 3. Jonathan Gray; 4. Vincent Nobile; 5. Jimmy Alund; 6. Chris McGaha; 7. Jason Line; 8. Erica Enders-Stevens; 9. Allen Johnson; 10. Drew Skillman; 11. Shane Gray; 12. Rodger Brogdon; 13. Buddy Perkinson; 14. V. Gaines; 15. John Gaydosh Jr; 16. Mark Hogan.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:

1. Andrew Hines; 2. Eddie Krawiec; 3. Hector Arana Jr; 4. Scotty Pollacheck; 5. Chaz Kennedy; 6. Mike Berry; 7. Matt Smith; 8. LE Tonglet; 9. Freddie Camarena; 10. Katie Sullivan; 11. Angelle Sampey; 12. Brian Pretzel; 13. Hector Arana; 14. Karen Stoffer; 15. Shawn Gann; 16. Jim Underdahl.

Sunday’s final results from the Sixth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway. The race is the fourth of 24 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

Top Fuel — Antron Brown, 3.749 seconds, 319.90 mph def. Steve Torrence, 3.847 seconds, 317.57 mph and Richie Crampton, 4.030 seconds, 277.15 mph and Clay Millican, 5.526 seconds, 128.02 mph;

Funny Car — Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 3.983, 308.78 def. Del Worsham, Toyota Camry, 4.012, 314.24 and Chad Head, Camry, 7.455, 92.95 and Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 12.177, 40.68;

Pro Stock — Larry Morgan, Chevy Camaro, 6.464, 214.52 def. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.475, 214.93 and Jonathan Gray, Camaro, 6.498, 214.72 and Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.508, 214.25;

Pro Stock Motorcycle — Andrew Hines, Harley-Davidson, 6.805, 196.30 def. Eddie Krawiec, Harley-Davidson, 6.812, 195.19 and Hector Arana Jr, Buell, 6.804, 199.88 and Scotty Pollacheck, Buell, foul;

Top Alcohol Dragster — Mia Tedesco, 5.503, 263.26 def. Jake Allen, 5.663, 227.61.

Top Alcohol Funny Car — Jonnie Lindberg, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.406, 269.94 def. Steve Harker, Monte Carlo, 14.450, 69.80.

Super Stock — David Rampy, Chevy Camaro, 10.879, 96.09 def. Dan Fletcher, Camaro, foul.

Stock Eliminator — Joel Warren, Pontiac Firebird, 10.294, 129.52 def. Russell Linke, Chevy Camaro, 10.414, 123.78.

Super Comp — Andre Nunez, Dragster, 8.900, 173.09 def. George Caheely, Dragster, 8.896, 172.06.

Super Gas — Jim Perry, S-10, 9.900, 172.45 def. John Labbous Jr, Chevy Corvette, 9.853, 160.73.

Top Dragster — Lynn Ellison, Dragster, 6.361, 212.43 def. Jeff Burns, Dragster, 6.670, 199.97.

Final round-by-round results from the sixth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway, the fourth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

TOP FUEL:

ROUND ONE — Steve Torrence, 3.799, 314.24 and Doug Kalitta, 3.912, 252.52 def. Spencer Massey, 4.101, 313.29 and Ike Maier, 6.797, 169.25; Brittany Force, 5.041, 184.85 and Richie Crampton, 7.020, 111.34 def. Pat Dakin, 7.188, 88.47 and Chris Karamesines, 10.782, 54.11; Tony Schumacher, 3.720, 319.37 and Clay Millican, 3.755, 318.09 def. Larry Dixon, 8.328, 87.10 and Leah Pritchett, 9.436, 92.86; Antron Brown, 3.771, 313.58 and Dave Connolly, 3.944, 301.07 def. J.R. Todd, 7.389, 84.37 and Shawn Langdon, 8.257, 85.87;

SEMIFINALS — Brown, 5.817, 185.00 and Torrence, 6.019, 200.95 def. Kalitta, 7.786, 100.73 and Crampton, 3.741, 324.12 and Millican, 3.801, 310.77 def. Schumacher, 4.109, 242.98 and Force, 8.096, 98.46;

FINAL — Brown, 3.749, 319.90 def. Torrence, 3.847, 317.57, Crampton, 4.030, 277.15 and Millican, 5.526, 128.02.

FUNNY CAR:

ROUND ONE — Del Worsham, Toyota Camry, 4.040, 306.26 and Chad Head, Camry, 4.464, 227.96 def. Dale Creasy Jr., Chevy Impala, 7.691, 89.70 and Courtney Force, Chevy Camaro, 8.579, 80.65; Robert Hight, Chevrolet Camaro, 4.027, 304.05 and John Force, Camaro, 4.250, 278.69 def. Tony Pedregon, Camry, 5.386, 142.85 and Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 10.200, 80.97; Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 4.051, 304.05 and Tommy Johnson Jr., Charger, 7.803, 92.73 def. Paul Lee, Charger, 11.704, 77.05 and Ron Capps, Charger, DQ; Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 4.167, 299.46 and John Hale, Charger, 4.219, 244.56 def.

Tim Wilkerson, Ford Mustang, 12.157, 99.80 and Matt Hagan, Charger, DQ;

SEMIFINALS — Beckman, 4.000, 309.34 and Johnson Jr., 4.132, 301.20 def. J. Force, 9.267, 81.00 and Hight, 8.104, 81.89; Worsham, 4.067, 288.64 and Head, 4.080, 303.09 def. Hale, 16.578, 50.85 and C. Pedregon, broke;

FINAL — Beckman, 3.983, 308.78 def. Worsham, 4.012, 314.24, Head, 7.455, 92.95 and Johnson Jr., 12.177, 40.68.

PRO STOCK:

ROUND ONE — Jonathan Gray, Chevy Camaro, 6.465, 214.11 and Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.467, 215.13 def. Allen Johnson, Dodge Dart, 6.463, 214.42 and V. Gaines, Dart, 6.626, 209.17; Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.479, 213.74 and Jimmy Alund, Pontiac GXP, 6.536, 213.27 def. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.491, 214.04 and Mark Hogan, GXP, broke; Jason Line, Camaro, 6.455, 214.48 and Larry Morgan, Camaro, 6.501, 214.42 def. Rodger Brogdon, Camaro, 7.919, 125.44 and John Gaydosh Jr, GXP, 12.365, 71.09; Erica Enders-Stevens, Camaro, 6.521, 214.42 and Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.481, 214.28 def. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.524, 213.37 and Buddy Perkinson, Dodge Avenger, 6.550, 212.19;

SEMIFINALS — J. Gray, 6.488, 214.18 and Anderson, 6.478, 215.48 def. McGaha, 21.771, 28.79 and Enders-Stevens, 22.958, 26.43; Morgan, 6.477, 214.25 and Nobile, 6.480, 213.77 def. Alund, 6.525, 214.01 and Line, 9.255, 100.14;

FINAL — Morgan, 6.464, 214.52 def. Anderson, 6.475, 214.93, J. Gray, 6.498, 214.72 and Nobile, 6.508, 214.25.

PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:

ROUND ONE — Eddie Krawiec, Harley V-Rod, 6.818, 193.07 and LE Tonglet, Suzuki GSXR, 6.849, 195.76 def. Freddie Camarena, GSXR, 6.842, 197.16 and Shawn Gann, Buell XB9R, 7.057, 172.10; Matt Smith, Victory Gunner, 6.865, 191.38 and Scotty Pollacheck, Buell XB12R, 6.895, 192.44 def. Angelle Sampey, 6.938, 191.97 and Hector Arana, XB9R, 6.948, 191.59; Andrew Hines, V-Rod, 6.815, 194.77 and Mike Berry, XB9R, 6.887, 192.03 def. Brian Pretzel, Buell GSXR, 6.940, 187.86 and Karen Stoffer, Suzuki TL1000R, 6.963, 184.17; Hector Arana Jr, XB9R, 6.860, 198.12 and Chaz Kennedy, XB9R, 6.823, 194.66 def. Katie Sullivan, TL1000, 6.911, 195.42 and Jim Underdahl, GSXR, 7.490, 147.10;

SEMIFINALS — Krawiec, 6.839, 193.54 and Arana Jr, 6.795, 199.26 def. Kennedy, 6.889, 193.24 and Tonglet, 6.970, 191.21; Hines, 6.816, 195.34 and Pollacheck, 6.869, 192.28 def. Berry, 6.906, 193.43 and M. Smith, 6.899, 191.67;

FINAL — Hines, 6.805, 196.30 def. Krawiec, 6.812, 195.19, Arana Jr, 6.804, 199.88 and Pollacheck, foul.

Point standings (top 10) for NHRA professional categories following the sixth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway, the fourth of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series –

Top Fuel

1. Antron Brown, 354; 2. Tony Schumacher, 328; 3. Shawn Langdon, 312; 4. Spencer Massey, 286; 5. Doug Kalitta, 238; 6. Richie Crampton, 232; 7. Steve Torrence, 213; 8. Brittany Force, 192; 9. Clay Millican, 189; 10. J.R. Todd, 180.

Funny Car

1. Del Worsham, 305; 2. Matt Hagan, 303; 3. Ron Capps, 279; 4. Tommy Johnson Jr., 239; 5. Robert Hight, 230; 6. John Hale, 224; 7. Jack Beckman, 208; 8. Cruz Pedregon, 206; 9. Courtney Force, 198; 10. Alexis DeJoria, 193.

Pro Stock

1. Jason Line, 359; 2. Rodger Brogdon, 316; 3. Greg Anderson, 299; 4. Chris McGaha, 283; 5. Erica Enders-Stevens, 268; 6. Drew Skillman, 266; 7. Larry Morgan, 234; 8. Shane Gray, 199; 9. Vincent Nobile, 193; 10. Allen Johnson, 176.

Pro Stock Motorcycle

1. Eddie Krawiec, 192; 2. Andrew Hines, 180; 3. Karen Stoffer, 148; 4. LE Tonglet, 128; 5. Hector Arana Jr., 116; 6. (tie) Shawn Gann, 103; Angelle Sampey, 103; Scotty Pollacheck, 103; 9. Matt Smith, 94; 10. Hector Arana, 88.

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Monday, March 30 2015
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