Indy ORP: Antron Brown Friday notes

BROWN BLAZES TIRES FRIDAY EVENING AT U.S. NATIONALS CLERMONT, Ind. (Aug. 29, 2008) -- Antron Brown opened qualifying at the 54th running of NHRA drag racing's marquee event, the U.S. Nationals, in the provisional No. 16 qualifying...

BROWN BLAZES TIRES FRIDAY EVENING AT U.S. NATIONALS

CLERMONT, Ind. (Aug. 29, 2008) -- Antron Brown opened qualifying at the 54th running of NHRA drag racing's marquee event, the U.S. Nationals, in the provisional No. 16 qualifying position.

The two-time U.S. Nationals Pro Stock Motorcycle winner (2000, '04) did not make a full run on Friday's only qualifying attempt. As the last pair of Top Fuel dragsters to make a pass on Friday evening, both the Matco Tools dragster and Tony Schumacher's U.S. Army/Matco Tools car lost traction and coasted down the 1,000-foot track. Brown posted a lap of 5.123 seconds at 135.23 mph to finish 16th in the order. There are 20 cars attempt to make the 16-car field this weekend.

"We were trying to go for that No. 1 spot and run about a 3.83," Brown said. "We're fine. We just got a little aggressive. We feel good we can make a few runs and get into the top five on Saturday."

Professional nitro qualifying resumes Saturday afternoon at O'Reilly Raceway Park with sessions schedule for 1:15 and 6:30 p.m. (ET). Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 1.

-credit: dpm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Tony Schumacher