Antron Brown Wants Top Fuel Win in Joliet

Route 66 Raceway

Antron Brown Wants To Add Top Fuel Win To His Motorcycle Victories At Route 66 Raceway

Antron Brown, who has won twice on a Pro Stock Motorcycle (PSM) here at Route 66 Raceway, would love to add a Top Fuel trophy from this weekend’s Route 66 NHRA Nationals to his Joliet collection.

Antron Brown
Antron Brown

Photo by: Glenn F. Katauskas

The only person to win in both the PSM and Top Fuel classes in NHRA history, Brown’s Chicago-area results have also included a 2002 PSM runner up and another in 2009 while piloting his present ride, the Matco Tools dragster.

“I like this track, the first stadium-styled one on the circuit,” said the 35-year-old New Jersey native about Route 66 Raceway. “Getting to the winner’s circle twice (2000 and 2001) was of course great, but almost getting there two other times leaves me wanting more.

“We’ve got a great hot rod, one which can win any time, like we’ve done twice this season. We lost a close race to Del (Top Fuel leader Worsham) in the second round at the last event which means we just have to go after it a little harder this time. I’ll be ready and so will Mark and Brian (Oswald and Corradi, co-crew chiefs), who, along with the rest of the Matco team, has done a great job all year long.”

The Don Schumacher Racing driver, with wins at Las Vegas and Atlanta, sits in fourth place of the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Top Fuel standings behind Worsham, DSR teammate Spencer Massey and Larry Dixon; just in front of DSR teammate Tony Schumacher.

The top 10 drivers after the 16 regular season races – Joliet is the 11th race of the regular season – qualify for the Countdown to 1 playoffs.

“This is the time to start stepping it up as we get close to the playoffs,” explained Brown. “You want to go into those last six races after Indy on a roll, with momentum because anything can happen.”

“We’re confident we’ll be in the Countdown, we just want to be hitting on all eight cylinders because there’s not a lot of room for error once we get past Indy (the U.S. Nationals Labor Day weekend and the final regular-season race).

“We’ve won the last race of the season the last two years; this year, we would like to do it again, but this time take the championship as well.”

By: Don Schumacher Racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Larry Dixon , Tony Schumacher , Don Schumacher , Spencer Massey
Tags antron brown, chicago, don schumacher, joliet, nhra, route 66 raceway, top fuel