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One would understand if Antron Brown got dizzy from the G forces of a sub-four second, 300-plus MPH 1,000-foot run in his Matco Tools dragster.
But it’s the Business of Racing that has sent his head spinning.
For the fourth time in about a year, Brown had a new team owner as the NHRA Full Throttle tour came to a close. In a transaction accomplished with speed any Top Fuel driver would appreciate, Don Schumacher Racing purchased the assets of Mike Ashley’s team in the days leading up to the Las Vegas Nationals. Just weeks before this season began, Ashley had bought Brown’s team from Tim Buckley, who had taken over from David Powers.
“It feels great to be wanted,” Brown said with a smile October 31 at The Strip. “Now we’re with DSR and I don’t think you’re going to see any team ownership changes in the near future. Don brought the stability to our team.”
Ashley, in the news for legal issues regarding his Lend America mortgage company, telephoned Schumacher the weekend of October 24-25. Brown found out October 26. Schumacher wire-transferred the money October 27.
"It happened very quickly," Schumacher explained in Vegas. "It was boom-boom-boom.
"Mike called me to see if I was interested because of my long-term relationship with Matco Tools. We were able to meld all of that together. The team will stay together in its entirety. 2010 is secure and we’re working on 2011."
Good news for Antron, to be sure. But, I wondered, what about his former DSR Pro Stock Motorcycle teammate (and his wife's cousin), Angelle Sampey?