Baytown: Antron Brown Friday notes

BROWN EYES POSITION IN TOP HALF OF FIELD SATURDAY AT HOUSTON BAYTOWN, Texas (March 28, 2008) -- Antron Brown raced his David Powers-owned Matco Tools dragster to the provisional No. 12 qualifying position Friday evening at Houston Raceway Park.

BROWN EYES POSITION IN TOP HALF OF FIELD SATURDAY AT HOUSTON

BAYTOWN, Texas (March 28, 2008) -- Antron Brown raced his David Powers-owned Matco Tools dragster to the provisional No. 12 qualifying position Friday evening at Houston Raceway Park. The Matco Tools/Valvoline rail sits on the bump spot with two qualifying sessions remaining at the 21st annual O'Reilly Spring Nationals.

Brown, who earned the Pro Stock Motorcycle pole at Houston Raceway Park in 2001, opened qualifying at the Baytown track with a conservative Lee Beard tune-up as he powered the Matco Tools/iLocate GPS dragster to a pass of 4.644 seconds at 322.42 mph. It was the fifth quickest pass of the opening session. Brown's dragster slowed on Friday's second qualifying attempt as the 16-time NHRA PSM winner clocked a pass of 4.706 at 276.83 tofinish in the provisional No. 12 qualifying spot. He qualified sixth aboard his Suzuki at the Baytown track last March.

"We were happy with the first run and the tune-up was a little conservative," Brown said. "We figured we'd improve from there. We just missed it on that night run. We're lucky with the new qualifying format. I'm confident in Lee (Beard) and my guys that we'll get the Matco dragster solidly in the field for Sunday."

Qualifying continues on Saturday afternoon with sessions scheduled for Noon and 3 p.m. (CT) at the Baytown track. ESPN2 will television qualifying highlights from the O'Reilly Spring Nationals from 4:30-5 p.m. (ET) and 10-11 p.m. (ET) on Saturday.

-credit: dpm

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