Las Vegas II: Antron Brown final report

BROWN DRIVES MATCO TOOLS RAIL TO SEMIFINALS AT LAS VEGAS LAS VEGAS (Nov. 2, 2008) -- Antron Brown raced his David Powers-owned Matco Tools dragster to a semifinal finish Sunday afternoon at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Brown and the...

BROWN DRIVES MATCO TOOLS RAIL TO SEMIFINALS AT LAS VEGAS

LAS VEGAS (Nov. 2, 2008) -- Antron Brown raced his David Powers-owned Matco Tools dragster to a semifinal finish Sunday afternoon at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Brown and the Matco Tools Racing team remain third in the NHRA Top Fuel standings.

Brown qualified second on Saturday at The Strip at LVMS with a lap of 3.812 seconds at 315.49 mph to qualify for his 168th consecutive race. He defeated Nevada racer Troy Buff and Australian native David Grubnic, before falling to teammate Hot Rod Fuller in the semifinals. Brown trails Hillary Will by nine points for second place in the NHRA Countdown to 1 standings.

In the opening round of eliminations, Brown and Buff were the sixth pair of cars to compete in round one. After staging at nearly the same time, Buff was quick at the throttle and fouled at the start handing Brown the win. The Matco Tools driver used a tune-up from champion crew chief Lee Beard to race the Matco Tools rail to a lap of 3.843 seconds at 315.34 mph to advance to round two. Brown posted the third quickest lap of the round. It was his 35th round win this season.

Brown advanced to the semifinals for the first time since the Charlotte race in September, the first race in the Countdown to 1, by edging Grubnic's yellow dragster. Brown scored the wire-to-wire win in the Matco Tools dragster with a lap of 3.839 at 317.19, the third quickest pass of the round. Grubnic trailed at 3.874 at 309.49.

Facing off against his teammate for the fourth time this season, Brown got the slight jump at the start, but the Matco Tools rail overpowered the LVMS track and slowed to a run of 5.960 at 104.96. Fuller cruised his Caterpillar/Matco Tools car to low elapsed time of the round at 3.821 at 314.46 to advance to his third final round of the season. Brown is now 3-1 against Fuller this season.

"It was a good weekend for the Matco Tools boys," Brown said. "We ran really well. We qualified second and got to the semifinals against our teammate Hot Rod (Fuller). We were up for the task, but we put a fresh blower (supercharger) on the car and it was just too much. It really hopped up and we just overpowered the track.

"But it's all good. We're moving the way we wanted to. We qualified better and we're only nine points from second place in the standings. Hill (Hillary) Will is ahead of us by nine points and we like our chances to get that No. 2 spot in the POWERade standings at Pomona (Calif.)."

The next NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event is the 44th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals, Nov. 13-16, at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Pomona, Calif. Brown won the Pomona Finals in 1999.

-credit: dpm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , David Grubnic , David Powers , Rod Fuller , Hillary Will , Troy Buff