Antron Brown on Indianapolis "Our DSR Matco Tools team is fired up about Indy. The U.S. Nationals is our biggest race of the year and it's now or never. They playoffs are here with the Countdown (to 1) and we need to get back to our winning ways.
Antron Brown on Indianapolis
"Our DSR Matco Tools team is fired up about Indy. The U.S. Nationals is our biggest race of the year and it's now or never. They playoffs are here with the Countdown (to 1) and we need to get back to our winning ways. We tested great last week and we have a lot of confidence and will do our best to win this race for Matco Tools."
Brian Corradi (crew chief) on Indianapolis
"Our test session at Indy was very successful and we're looking forward to applying what we learned to our tune-up at the U.S. Nationals. We're very confident heading into Indy and the Countdown (to 1) and we're hoping for a win."
Antron Brown Indianapolis NHRA Notebook
Three weeks ago at Brainerd, Minn., Brown qualified his Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster in the No. 8 position at 3.923-seconds. It was the 15th time in 17 races this season that he started from the top half of the 16-car field. On race day, Brown bested Morgan Lucas before his car smoked the tires against Doug Kalitta in the quarterfinals. It was his seventh second-round finish this year, equaling his total from last season.
Brown is a two-time winner of the storied Indianapolis NHRA race. The 16-time Pro Stock Motorcycle winner scored two wins aboard his Suzuki at O'Reilly Raceway Park, including the 50th anniversary U.S. Nationals in 2004. Brown's first U.S. Nationals triumph came in his third try at O.R.P. when he bested John Smith 7.268 to 7.354. Four years later, Brown took home the gold "Wally" trophy by edging Shawn Gann 7.213 to 7.238. In 12 U.S. Nationals appearances, Brown has qualified in the top half of the field nine times and has an average qualifying position of 5.25. His only career pole at the U.S. Nationals was last September when he paced the Top Fuel field.
Last September at O'Reilly Raceway Park, Brown earned his first career pole at the prestigious drag race when he paced the Top Fuel field with a qualifying-best lap of 3.835 seconds at 319.22 mph. It was top speed of the event. On race day, the Matco Tools flagship driver was upset in round one by 2009 Rookie of the Year Spencer Massey, 3.881 to 3.872. It was his first opening round loss of the '09 season.
Brown, who won a category-best six races last season, enters the 18th race on the 2010 NHRA schedule ranked fifth in the Top Fuel standings. He trails two-time champion Larry Dixon by 60 points. Brown has six final-round appearances this season (Gainesville, Charlotte 1, Houston, Englishtown, Norwalk and Seattle) and five No. 1 qualifiers (Gainesville, Las Vegas 1, Topeka, Bristol and Denver). Last year, Brown had 10 finals and seven poles. His average qualifying position in 16 races this year is 4.7.