ANTRON BROWN EARNS PROVISIONAL NO. 3 SPOT SATURDAY AT U.S. NATIONALS CLERMONT, Ind. (Sept. 5, 2009) - Antron Brown raced his Mike Ashley-owned Matco Tools dragster to the provisional No. 3 qualifying position Saturday evening at O'Reilly Raceway...
ANTRON BROWN EARNS PROVISIONAL NO. 3 SPOT SATURDAY AT U.S. NATIONALS
CLERMONT, Ind. (Sept. 5, 2009) - Antron Brown raced his Mike Ashley-owned Matco Tools dragster to the provisional No. 3 qualifying position Saturday evening at O'Reilly Raceway Park. The current NHRA Top Fuel point's leader used an elapsed time of 3.852-seconds to clock the third quickest pass of qualifying at the 55th annual U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil.
Brown, a two-time U.S. Nationals Pro Stock Motorcycle winner, entered the day in the No. 5 qualifying position after running 3.912 seconds at 306.75 mph Friday evening under the lights at the historic Indianapolis drag strip. On Saturday's first attempt, Brown's bright blue Matco Tools/SpongeTech rail overpowered the track and slowed to a lap of 4.887 at 147.29. Brown then used a tune-up from crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Mark Oswald to blast the Matco-backed car to a performance of 3.852 at 314.39 mph to finish third in the 16-car order. It was the third fastest run of Top Fuel for the fastest racer in 1,000-foot racing (319.75 mph). Brown's average qualifying position in 17 races this season is 3.59. Larry Dixon earned the provisional pole at 3.850-seconds and Cory McClenathan, a Matco Tools Racing driver, was second at 3.851.
"That was a good run," Brown said. "I'm glad we were in the left lane for that night run. We just missed it by a couple of thousandths (of-a-second). Brian (Corradi) was teasing me saying I should have staged just a little bit shallower, but it's all good for this MAR Matco Tools team. We're solidly in the show and we can work on our race day setup in the sun on Sunday. This team is ready to win another race."
Professional nitro qualifying is scheduled for 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. (ET) on Sunday at O'Reilly Raceway Park. Funny Car will run first followed by Top Fuel. Brown raced his Matco Tools dragster to a semifinal finish at the U.S. Nationals last September after qualifying eighth at 3.878-seconds.