Las Vegas II: Antron Brown preview

Antron Brown on Las Vegas "I'm looking forward to getting back to (Las) Vegas where we went to the final round earlier this year. It would be a great race to put our Matco Tools dragster in the winner's circle. Our goal is to go there and come...

Antron Brown on Las Vegas

"I'm looking forward to getting back to (Las) Vegas where we went to the final round earlier this year. It would be a great race to put our Matco Tools dragster in the winner's circle. Our goal is to go there and come out second in the points."

Lee Beard (crew chief) on Las Vegas

"It's a pretty pivotal race for us if we're going to end up finishing second in the Countdown points chase. That's our goal at this point. Our team has done well there at the (Las) Vegas track. We won the race with Hot Rod (Fuller) last fall and did well with Antron (Brown) this spring. Hopefully we can go in there and continue to have that success."

Antron Brown Las Vegas NHRA Notebook

Three weeks ago at Virginia Motorsports Park, Brown qualified the Matco Tools dragster eighth at 3.823 seconds. He posted his quickest 1,000-foot elapsed time at 3.803 seconds in a first round win over perennial title contender Brandon Bernstein before falling to five-time series champion Tony Schumacher in the quarterfinals.

Brown has made a seamless transition from the Pro Stock Motorcycle class to Top Fuel this season. The 18-time NHRA winner became the first racer in NHRA history to win races in both Top Fuel and PSM by winning in his fourth career Top Fuel start (Houston). Brown has two wins in five final rounds this season, along with three poles. He also clocked low E.T. of the meet twice and top speed of the meet three times this year.

Brown is a two-time finalist at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The 18-time NHRA winner advanced to his first LVMS final round in 2001 where he fell to Shawn Gann, 7.352 to 7.374. In his first Top Fuel race at LVMS this April, Brown qualified the Matco Tools dragster sixth at 4.600 seconds and posted a runner-up to 30-time Top Fuel winner Cory McClenathan, 4.654 to 4.703. Brown's average starting position in nine races at The Strip at LVMS is 7.8.

Brown has qualified for 167 consecutive NHRA events and hasn't missed the cut since the Gainesville race in 1998, his first career race. It is the second longest qualifying streak in the professional ranks (Angelle Sampey--181). He has an average qualifying position of 5.36 this season with three poles.

Brown became the eighth different driver that crew chief Lee Beard has tuned to the pole and 10th different racer Beard has tuned to a win in Top Fuel or Funny Car. Beard has 53 wins and 60 poles, including two wins and three poles at the Las Vegas track.

-credit: dpm

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