Antron Brown Wins For Third Time In 2011 Capturing The Fram/Autolite NHRA Nationals
Aboard his Matco Tools Top Fuel dragster, Antron Brown outran Don Schumacher Racing teammate Tony Schumacher in the final round of today’s 24th-annual FRAM/Autolite NHRA Nationals here at Infineon Raceway.
The 35-year-old New Jersey native collected his third victory (in four final rounds) of the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season and moved into third place in the Top Fuel standings.
According to Brown, today’s results were not a foregone conclusion, despite a solid qualifying session resulting in a number-three starting position (right behind Schumacher’s pole position and the third DSR dragster driven into the second spot by Spencer Massey).
“You can’t say our day and meeting Tony in the finals went according to plan,” he explained. “Nothing goes according to plan in this sport. Every round on any day is a unique occurrence and anything can happen.
“And racing Tony in the finals was a tough one. The Army car has been running on ‘mean’ lately. They’ve been strong every round the last few races. He’s my teammate, but he wants to kick my butt and I want to kick his butt every time we meet.
“After the round, at the top end, Tony came over, congratulated me because he’s a great sportsman, and, because he’s also a great competitor, said ‘we’ll get you next time.’ I answered, ‘I’ll be there, brother.’”
It was Brown’s third win against Schumacher this year, including a previous final-round contest in Atlanta. Additionally, he has now chalked up 28 wins in 58 final rounds, with 12 in Top Fuel, the remainder in the Pro Stock Motorcycle category. Two of the wins have come in this race.
“It always feels good to come out here and race,” said Brown, who was the last driver, in 2009, to sweep the three-race-on-consecutive-weekends Western Swing. “When we won in 2009, I woke up that Sunday morning feeling energized; it happened again today.” He will head to next weekend’s 24th-annual NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways outside Seattle trailing Massey by 48 points – less than three race-round wins – in the standings.
“We’re really jelling right now,” Brown said. “We are racing like we have nothing to lose; racing like each round is the last one. We are racing each round against the track and we don’t care who’s in the other lane.
“There are three races left before the Countdown to 1 begins and we’ll be ready for the playoffs.”
By: don schumacher racing