ANTRON BROWN COMES “HOME” HOPING TO REGAIN POINTS LEAD AT THIS WEEKEND’S AUTO-PLUS NHRA NATIONALS
MOHNTON, Pa., September 27, 2011 – New Jersey native Antron Brown wheels the Matco Tools Fuel dragster into this weekend’s 27th-annual Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals here in attempt to regain the lead in the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship.
A six-time winner this year, Brown last Sunday lost a semifinal-round race as well as the Countdown lead to Don Schumacher Racing teammate Spencer Massey and now trails him by seven points – less than one round.
“The Countdown is far from over for anyone,” said Brown about the playoffs which, including this weekend’s contest at Maple Grove Raceway, has four more races. “The competition has been incredibly tough all season and I don’t see that changing at all in the coming weeks.”
The spread between the first and fifth – Brown’s other DSR teammate, Tony Schumacher – in the standings is 72 points, less than four rounds of racing.
“You can really throw a blanket over the top-five in the standings, not just Spencer and me,” said the former Pro Stock Motorcycle driver competing for his first championship. “You better bring your ‘A’ game every time you roll to the starting line or you are going to go home early.”
The Matco Tools team has turned it on in the last eight races with five wins and three semifinal appearances.
“We’re peaking at just the right time,” explained Brown. “We were on a roll as the regular season ended and continued it into the Countdown with a win in the first (of six) race (Charlotte earlier this month). Last week was solid – if we keep putting up wins and semifinal-round runs we’ll be just fine.”
Brown enjoys racing here and at the Eastern tracks where numerous friends and family come out in support.
“I really enjoy racing on the East Coast given that’s where I grew up,” said Brown, now an Indianapolis resident. “I’ve never won at Maple Grove (in Top Fuel or Pro Stock Motorcycles), so it would be special if we can leave this year with a trophy.”