Memphis: Antron Browm preview

Antron Brown on Memphis "I'm looking forward to going to Memphis, the home of the blues, and giving these other race teams the blues. It's always been a good track to me. I'm looking to go in there with the Matco Tools dragster and doing well.

Antron Brown on Memphis

"I'm looking forward to going to Memphis, the home of the blues, and giving these other race teams the blues. It's always been a good track to me. I'm looking to go in there with the Matco Tools dragster and doing well. It's the third race of the Countdown (to 1), so we need to make up some ground on Tony (Schumacher)."

Lee Beard (crew chief) on Memphis

"We've had a lot of success in the past and we hope to duplicate that this weekend. We lost some ground, so we need to make up some points if we want to win this championship. This Matco team is a great bunch, we just need to make the right calls on race day."

Antron Brown Memphis NHRA Notebook

Last weekend at Texas Motorplex near Dallas, Brown qualified the Matco Tools dragster 10th at 3.897-seconds. He advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to Brandon Bernstein. It was the 17th time in 20 races that Brown has advanced to at least the second round this season.

Brown 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.

Last season at Memphis Motorsports Park, Brown qualified his Suzuki seventh at 6.965 seconds at 191.57 mph. He fell in round one to Eddie Krawiec. Brown defeated a fouling Matt Smith in the final round of the Memphis race in 2004, 7.264 to 7.421. It was his 12th career PSM win. He has an average qualifying position of sixth in seven races at Memphis Motorsports Park.

Brown has qualified for 165 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--180). He has an average qualifying position of 5.05 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 four wins and five poles at the Memphis NHRA race.

-credit: dpm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Brandon Bernstein , Matthew Smith