Baytown: Antron Brown preview

Antron Brown on Houston "Houston is a race I always look forward to. I've raced there many times on the bikes and I spent a lot of time in Louisiana with my wife and we'll have a lot of friends and family at the Houston race with us. We have some...

Antron Brown on Houston
"Houston is a race I always look forward to. I've raced there many times on the bikes and I spent a lot of time in Louisiana with my wife and we'll have a lot of friends and family at the Houston race with us. We have some great memories from Houston having won our first Top Fuel race their two years ago, and our goal is to get our first win of 2010 at Houston Raceway Park. This Top Fuel class is tough, but our Matco Tools dragster is running great and we're ready to get back to two lane drag racing after the Four-Wide Nationals at Charlotte."

Brian Corradi (crew chief) on Houston
"It all starts in qualifying and the goal is to always qualify well. We ran well at Houston last year and we have some good data from the track. We have some stuff that we're going to try in the bellhousing to improve our early numbers. We really want to get back to a final round and win a race. We're very hungry and why not at Houston? It's a great race with great fans and we're excited to get to the Lone Star State."

Antron Brown Houston NHRA Notebook
Two weeks ago at the inaugural Four-Wide Nationals near Charlotte, Brown qualified his Valvoline/Matco Tools dragster third at 3.819-seconds. Brown raced to his second straight final round appearance where he placed third in the final round of the Four-Wide Nationals after posting a run of 3.862 at 312.64 mph. DSR teammate Cory McClenathan earned his second win of the season. In three races at zMax Dragway at Concord, Brown has never qualified lower than third and has two final round appearances.

After the first four races of the 2010 NHRA season, Brown ranks fifth in the NHRA Top Fuel standings. He trails teammate and driver of the FRAM dragster, McClenathan, by 106 points. Brown has advanced to the final round at the last two races at Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway and Concord, N.C. He also earned his 22nd career pole at the Gatornationals on March 13 at 3.803-seconds, his quickest pass of the season. Brown also set at career-best speed during the Gainesville race at 321.04 mph. He has an average qualifying position of 4.75 this year.

Brown made history two years ago at Houston Raceway Park becoming the first driver in NHRA history to win races in both Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle by defeating Larry Dixon 4.605 to 4.621. He won in just his fourth Top Fuel start after starting from the No. 12 position at the '08 O'Reilly Spring Nationals. Last March at the Houston race, Brown earned his fifth career Top Fuel pole with a blast of 3.819 seconds at 316.75 mph. He was defeated in round two by McClenathan as Brown suffered his first career holeshot loss in Top Fuel. He also grabbed the Pro Stock Motorcycle pole at the Baytown track in 2001 at 7.167 at 187.23. In 12 tries at the Houston track, Brown has an average qualifying position of 4.25.

-source: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Larry Dixon , Cory McClenathan