ANTRON BROWN RACES TO SECOND ROUND AT DENVER MORRISON, Colo. (July 25, 2010) - Antron Brown drove his Don Schumacher-owned Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster to a second round finish Sunday afternoon at Bandimere Speedway near Denver. Brown now...
ANTRON BROWN RACES TO SECOND ROUND AT DENVER
MORRISON, Colo. (July 25, 2010) - Antron Brown drove his Don Schumacher-owned Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster to a second round finish Sunday afternoon at Bandimere Speedway near Denver. Brown now ranks fifth in the 2010 NHRA Top Fuel standings following 16 of 23 races.
A day after earning his fifth No. 1 qualifying award of the 2010 NHRA season at 3.961-seconds, Brown bested No. 16 qualifier Terry Haddock before falling to second generation star Brandon Bernstein in the second round of eliminations.
Racing from the No. 1 qualifying spot for the 26th time in his career, Brown powered the Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster to the wire-to-wire win in round one. The former college track star used a tune-up from crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Mark Oswald to clock a performance of 3.945 seconds at 308.07 mph to score the win in the left lane at Bandimere Speedway. Haddock posted a lap of 4.337 at 241.50 after his white and blue dragster dropped cylinders. Brown is now 3-0 against Haddock.
Facing off against Bernstein for the third time this season, the drivers used nearly identical reaction times as Brown's bright blue Matco-backed rail posted a lap of 4.035 at 300.00 after dropping a cylinder. The slower elapsed time allowed Bernstein to score the win with a run of 3.975 at 303.03. Brown is now 0-3 against Bernstein this season and has a mark of 25-16 in 16 races this season. It is the first time in four years that the Matco Tools dragster didn't reach the final round at Bandimere Speedway.
"Man, it's tough racing up here on this mountain here in Denver," Brown said. "We're bummed we didn't get this Matco Tools car back to the final round. The Matco car had been to the final round here at Denver the last three years. We just dropped a hole (cylinder) in that second round against Brandon (Bernstein) and came up just short against those Copart boys. We'll head back to Indy and take some much needed time off and gear up for Brainerd (Minn.)."
The next NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event is the 29th annual Lucas Oil Nationals, Aug. 12-15, at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minn. Brown is a four-time Pro Stock Motorcycle winner at the Brainerd race.