Antron Brown on Atlanta "Our goal this weekend is to go there and race to the best of our abilities. We struggled at St. Louis and we need a rebound race. Our heads are high because we see a lot of promise with our new DSR race car. Atlanta has...
Antron Brown on Atlanta
"Our goal this weekend is to go there and race to the best of our abilities. We struggled at St. Louis and we need a rebound race. Our heads are high because we see a lot of promise with our new DSR race car. Atlanta has been good to us in the past and we're hoping some of that luck comes our way this weekend."
Brian Corradi (Crew Chief) on Atlanta
"After a rough weekend in St. Louis, we feel we got a handle on the car. We changed some things around and it was progressing with each run at the last race. I think if we didn't miss that one run because of rain in qualifying, we'd have been ok. We're excited about getting to Atlanta because we feel we're ready for a breakout weekend and to get back to another final round."
Antron Brown Atlanta NHRA Notebook
Two weeks ago at Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis, Brown qualified in the No. 16 position for the first time in his career. The Matco Tools/U.S. Army team struggled after debuting a new race car qualifying at 4.688-seconds. On race day, the three-time Atlanta Dragway winner knocked off No. 1 qualifier and DSR teammate Cory McClenathan before falling to 31-time Top Fuel winner Doug Kalitta in the second round. The lowest Brown had previously qualified was 14th.
Last May at Atlanta Dragway, Brown qualified his bright blue Matco Tools dragster fifth with a lap of 3.867 seconds at 311.63 mph. On race day, he knocked off six-time IHRA champion Clay Millican before losing a pedal-fest to seven-time NHRA champion Tony Schumacher, 4.029 to 4.800.
Brown is a three-time winner at Atlanta Dragway, having won at the NHRA-owned facility in both Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle. He defeated champions Matt Hines in 2001 and Andrew Hines in '06 before earning his second career Top Fuel win two years ago at the Commerce, Ga. track. He beat Schumacher as a result of a holeshot 4.537 to 4.521 in a photo finish. Brown's only pole at Atlanta Dragway came on his Suzuki in '06. He has won races at 14 current NHRA tracks.
Brown, who won a category-best six races last season, enters the eighth race on the 2010 NHRA schedule ranked fifth in the Top Fuel standings. He trails two-time champion Larry Dixon by 145 points or about seven rounds of racing. Brown has three final-round appearances this season (Gainesville, Charlotte 1 and Houston) and two No. 1 qualifiers (Gainesville and Las Vegas 1). Last year, Brown had 10 finals and seven poles. His average qualifying position in seven races this year is 5.4.