Denver: Antron Brown preview

Antron Brown on Denver "We're excited to get the Western Swing started on the new all-concrete track at Bandimere. My crew chief, Lee Beard, has a lot of history at that track. I'm looking forward to an eventful weekend. We want to get the ...

Antron Brown on Denver

"We're excited to get the Western Swing started on the new all-concrete track at Bandimere. My crew chief, Lee Beard, has a lot of history at that track. I'm looking forward to an eventful weekend. We want to get the (Western) Swing started on the right foot and go some rounds."

Lee Beard (crew chief) on Denver

"It's always fun to go back home and compete at the Denver race. I have a lot of family and friends in the area. We've had a lot of success there and Bandimere Speedway is a great facility. We did well there last year with both David Powers cars

advancing to the final round and we'll try and repeat that with Antron (Brown) and Hot Rod (Fuller).

Antron Brown Denver NHRA Notebook

Two weeks ago at Norwalk, Ohio, Brown qualified his Matco Tools dragster sixth with a run of 4.652 seconds at 291.51 mph. He advanced to the quarterfinals for the 11th time in 12 races this season. He has only one first-round loss this season (Joliet).

Brown, a New Jersey native, enters the 13th race on the 2008 NHRA racing schedule ranked second in the Top Fuel standings. He has two wins in three final round appearances this season. Brown also has two poles, including the season-opener at Pomona, Calif. He has recorded low E.T. of the meet honors once and top speed of the meet twice. He has an average qualifying spot of 4.83 this season.

Last July, Brown qualified his U.S. Army Suzuki in the No. 14 position with a lap of 7.470 seconds at 180.62 mph. He was defeated in the quarterfinals. Brown earned the pole at Bandimere Speedway in 2001 (7.641 at 176.88) and is a three-time finalist at the Denver race.

Brown has qualified for 157 consecutive NHRA events. He hasn't missed the cut since the Gainesville race in 1998 after being disqualified for bad fuel at his first career race. It is the second longest qualifying streak in the professional ranks (Angelle Sampey--173).

Brown became the eighth different driver that crew chief Lee Beard has tuned to the pole and 10th different racer Beard has tuned to a win in Top Fuel or Funny Car. Beard has one win and five poles at the Mile-High Nationals. Beard is a 1974 graduate of the University of Southern Colorado.

-credit: dpm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , David Powers , Angelle Sampey