Don Schumacher Racing press release
Antron Brown wants winning run to continue this weekend at AAA Texas Fall Nationals
ENNIS, TEXAS, September 20, 2011 – A certifiably hot Matco Tools Top Fuel dragster carries Antron Brown, on a three-race winning streak which has swept him to the top of the Countdown to the Championship standings, into this weekend’s 26th-annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals here at Texas Motorplex.
A win last week at zMAX Dragway propelled the 35-year-old Don Schumacher Racing driver past Del Worsham, who had led the standings all season.
Somebody said we had been flying under the radar, but we know we’re on everybody’s radar now.
“People like Del and Larry (Dixon) and my teammates Tony (Schumacher) and Spencer (Massey) are going to bring it; they’ve been bringing it all year,” he said about the drivers filling in the next four playoff spots and within three rounds of his position. “So we have to bring it, too. And we have to do it every round – there are no easy ones out there. We have to step up our game because everyone else is stepping up theirs.
“We’re going to have to keep working; we can’t slip up.”
Last year, the Matco Tools/U.S. Army driver did not win until the last race of the season when he was out of the running for the NHRA Full Throttle championship. This season, his six wins tie him with Worsham for category lead and winning the initial contest in the six-race Countdown last week put him in an enviable position.
“I’m not going to talk about being a favorite, there is too much racing left,” cautioned Brown. “We do have a plan. Mark and Brian (Corradi and Oswald, co-crew chiefs) have been focused, like me, on the championship, the big picture, not just winning races.
“Our strategy has been to peak at the right time, which we are. Somebody said we had been flying under the radar, but we know we’re on everybody’s radar now. That’s okay; we just have to do our thing to be successful.”
The race outside Dallas is the middle of grueling three-consecutive weeks of playoff competition ending September 23-25 in Maple Grove, Pa.
“We’re fine with this schedule, because we’ve proven we can win this way,” he said referring to his sweep of the 2009 three-consecutive-week Western Swing. “The Matco Tools/U.S. Army crew is prepared, dialed in and ready to go after it, first this week in Texas and down the road where the schedule takes us.”