Bristol: Antron Brown preview

Antron Brown on Bristol "Man, I'm fired up about going to Bristol. We've got 'big blue' back for Bristol with our Matco Tools colors and our car is running great. Mark (Oswald) and Brian (Corradi) have this Matco dragster hauling and we...

Antron Brown on Bristol

"Man, I'm fired up about going to Bristol. We've got 'big blue' back for Bristol with our Matco Tools colors and our car is running great. Mark (Oswald) and Brian (Corradi) have this Matco dragster hauling and we have such a great team here at MAR. Bristol is an awesome track and our goal is to continue to go rounds and stay consistent with the performance of this Matco dragster. Mark and Brian won last year with Melanie's (Troxel) Funny Car and we hope to do that well again."

Brian Corradi (crew chief) on Bristol

"The goal is to pick up where we left off at St. Louis. As boring as it sounds, we're going to try and qualify well, a little better than we did at St. Louis, and stay consistent and go some rounds on race day. Qualifying well is important to having success on race day and those qualifying points can add up too."

Antron Brown Bristol NHRA Notebook

Brown enters the eighth race on the 2009 NHRA schedule leading the NHRA Top Fuel standings. The former Pro Stock Motorcycle star has been atop the standings following four of seven races this season. The second-year Top Fuel racer has two wins in three final round appearances along with two No. 1 qualifying awards his year. Brown also has recorded personal bests in elapsed time (3.778 seconds) and speed (318.02 mph).

Two weeks ago at Gateway International Raceway, Brown collected his 20th career NHRA "Wally" trophy by defeating Brandon Bernstein in the final round. In a rain-shortened qualifying, Brown raced his DirecTV/Matco Tools dragster to the No. 7 qualifying position at 3.906-seconds. On race day, he defeated Doug Kalitta, Cory McClenathan, and Shawn Langdon before outrunning Bernstein in a rematch of the final round from the Phoenix race in February, 3.850 to 3.888. Brown also earned low E.T. and top speed of the meet honors. His final round speed of 318.02 mph was a career best and the fifth fastest 1,000-foot speed recorded.

-credit: mar

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Doug Kalitta , Cory McClenathan , Brandon Bernstein , Shawn Langdon