Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
Antron Brown Qualifies Fifth For NHRA Race In Home State
Antron Brown, behind the wheel of the Matco Tools Top Fuel dragster, took the fifth starting spot here Saturday during final qualifying for tomorrow’s NHRA SuperNationals at historic Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
Racing near his hometown of Chesterfield, N.J., Brown laid down a 3.821-second pass at 322.34 mph in qualifying session number four and thus moved into the top five for Sunday’s lineup.
“I’m feeling good about tomorrow,” offered Brown. “It will be business as usual and another day at the office. I’m very optimistic.”
A two-time winner already this year, the 35-year-old will be looking to move up in the points with a solid performance. He returned to the Garden State holding fifth in the standings.
“The points are really close from second down to fifth,” he said. “If we can have a good day tomorrow, we could be right up there knocking on the door.”
Brown’s first round opponent will be 12th-place qualifier, David Grubnic, who he faced in the first round at Atlanta Dragway last month en route to his second win of the year.
“They’re a good bunch over there at Kalitta Motorsports,” said Brown. “We need to be focused if we’re going to move forward.”
Brown’s Saturday was not without a bit of drama. As he approached the finish line in the last session, his left front tire went flat.
“Man, I was wondering what was happening,” he said. “The tire hit something and went flat at the 400- to 420-foot mark. Thankfully, everything worked out and we ended with our best run of the weekend.”
Brown will be seeking a third win at his home track – he won twice while competing in the Pro Stock Motorcycles class (2002 and 2005). He also has two runner-up finishes to his credit in Top Fuel (2009 and 2010).