BROWN EARNS SECOND POLE OF 2009 SEASON SATURDAY AT HOUSTON, MAKES FASTEST PASS OF SEASON IN MATCO CAR BAYTOWN, Texas (March 28, 2009) - Antron Brown will look to win the O'Reilly Spring Nationals for the second straight season after racing ...
BROWN EARNS SECOND POLE OF 2009 SEASON SATURDAY AT HOUSTON, MAKES FASTEST PASS OF SEASON IN MATCO CAR
BAYTOWN, Texas (March 28, 2009) - Antron Brown will look to win the O'Reilly Spring Nationals for the second straight season after racing his Mike Ashley-owned Matco Tools dragster to the No. 1 qualifying position Saturday afternoon with an elapsed time of 3.819-seconds. It was his 16th career pole and second at Houston Raceway Park (2001).
After racing to the provisional No. 2 qualifying position on Friday afternoon with a lap of 3.912 seconds at 305.63 mph, Brown blasted the Matco Tools dragster to the top of the qualifying order on Saturday's first effort. The defending event champion used a tune-up from crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Mark Oswald to clock a performance of 3.819 at 316.75 to pace the 16-car field. It was Brown's fastest speed of the season and equaled his second quickest elapsed time. On his final qualifying pass of the weekend, Brown posted a run of 3.875 at 311.92 to remain in the top spot. He also earned the No. 1 qualifying award at the season-opening Winternationals in February. He now has five poles in Top Fuel to go along with the 11 he earned during 10 seasons in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class.
"On that last run, we just wanted to go down the race track," Brown said. "After we saw the Al-Anabi car (Larry Dixon) smoke the tires, we backed it down so we would go down the track. After that first run with that (3.)81, we know we can jack it up if we need to. That was an awesome lap. The important thing is that we got down the track on all three runs and were very consistent. That has me geared up for Sunday. The weather will be great and we did well here last year, but it's a new day on race day. There are so many competitive cars out here, we just want to race the lane we're in and let the chips fall and see what happens. Hopefully we be racing late into the afternoon."
Brown will face off against No. 16 qualifier Todd Simpson in the opening round of Top Fuel eliminations at 11 a.m. (CT) on Sunday. Brown and Simpson have yet to meet during eliminations. Brown has a round-record of 8-2 in three races this season, including a win at the Phoenix race on February 29. If he wins on Sunday at the Baytown track, Brown will become the first racer to win the O'Reilly Spring Nationals in consecutive years.