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Racing News: Don Schumacher Racing Makes Crew Chief Changes

By SEMA Editors

Don Schumacher Racing Makes Crew Chief Changes

Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) made the following changes to the team’s roster for the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

Mike “Zippy” Neff joins DSR as crew chief on the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster of eight-time NHRA champion Tony Schumacher. Neff had prior success at DSR winning the 2005 championship as crew chief on Gary Scelzi’s Dodge Funny Car team.

Former U.S. Army crew chief Mike Green, who guided Schumacher to 27 event titles and championships in ’09 and ’14, will remain at DSR. Green’s guidance on safety and performance projects have been vital to the organization’s success.  

The Matco Tools/U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster driven by three-time champion Antron Brown will be tuned by Mark Oswald and Brad Mason in 2018. Brown enters the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season with 49 career Top Fuel victories.

DSR also has promoted NAPA AUTO PARTS Funny Car car chief Dustin Heim to be Rahn Tobler’s assistant crew chief for the NAPA Dodge driven by 2016 champion Ron Capps. Heim has been at DSR since 2009.

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