Route 66 Raceway
Antron Brown Advances To Semifinals At Route 66 NHRA Nationals
Handling the controls of his Matco Tools Top Fuel dragster, Antron Brown dropped a semifinal round encounter to points-leader Del Worsham here Sunday in the 14th-annual Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.
Having to deal with a hot and loose race track, Brown posted a 4.095-second pass at 268.87 mph, but it fell short of Worsham’s 3.988-second jaunt at 295.66 mph.
“Man, we really wanted to beat those Al-Anabi guys (the team for which Worsham, the eventual race winner, drives),” said Brown. “They are the team to beat right now. We just couldn’t quite get it done today.”
On the way to his meeting with Worsham, the 35-year-old New Jersey native took care of Troy Buff and Brandon Bernstein. But, he was denied a chance at winning his third race of the season.
“It definitely was a challenging weekend with the hot weather and getting it all together,” offered the Don Schumacher Racing driver. “Getting to the semifinals was good, but we’re here to win races. We’ll just have to go back to the shop and work even harder to prepare for the Western Swing.”
The 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series will take a weekend off before going to Denver, Sonoma, Calif. and Seattle on successive weekends. Brown swept the Western Swing in 2009.
“We’ve done well out there,” he said. “I feel good about where we’re at right now. The Countdown to 1 (playoffs) is getting closer and we seem to be peaking at the right time. We’ve been working on our hot weather tune up which we will definitely need to have perfected for the next four races or so.”
By: don schumacher racing