Joliet: Antron Brown preview

Antron Brown on Joliet "I'm very excited to go back to Joliet. It's one of our premier facilities. It's always a great, high-energy crowd. I've won twice on Pro Stock Motorcycle and I'd like to do that in Top Fuel also. We're very motivated to...

Antron Brown on Joliet

"I'm very excited to go back to Joliet. It's one of our premier facilities. It's always a great, high-energy crowd. I've won twice on Pro Stock Motorcycle and I'd like to do that in Top Fuel also. We're very motivated to get another race win and get the Illinois sweep after winning in Madison. We want to do well for all our Matco Tools distributors and keep things rolling with this Matco Tools dragster."

Brian Corradi (crew chief) on Joliet

"Our car is running great and Antron (Brown) and the entire Matco team continue to do a great job. Last week, we came up on the short end of a close race, but we really learned a lot with the hot track temperatures at Topeka (Kan.). We're confident that we have a car that can run well in the heat or in ideal conditions. As always, our goal is to qualify well, near the top of the order, and take things one round at a time and try to go some rounds on Sunday."

Antron Brown Joliet NHRA Notebook

Last weekend at Heartland Park Topeka, Antron Brown made his second career start at the Topeka race. Brown used a tune-up from crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Mark Oswald to drive the Matco Tools dragster to his third No. 1 qualifying position of the season with a lap of 3.841 seconds at 315.67 mph. It was Brown's 17th career pole and sixth in Top Fuel. He posted a second round finish after falling to rookie driver Shawn Langdon by three thousandths of-a-second.

Brown is a two-time winner at the ultra-fast Joliet track. The 20-time NHRA winner won two of his 16 career Pro Stock Motorcycle races at Route 66 Raceway. The Chicagoland track is one of five where Brown has won multiple races. Last June at Joliet, Brown qualified his Matco Tools dragster second at 4.516-seconds. He suffered his first opening round loss of the season after smoking the tires against T.J. Zizzo. Brown had four first round losses last year. He has not lost in the opening round this season

Brown enters the 10th race on the 2009 NHRA schedule trailing Chicago native and six-time series champion Tony Schumacher by 43 points. Brown, a four-time winner in Top Fuel, has not ranked lower than second this season. The Matco Tools flagship driver has two wins, one runner-up finish, and three poles this season. He also has clocked the quickest (3.778 seconds) and fastest (319.75 mph) runs of the year.

-credit: mar

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Tony Schumacher , Shawn Langdon