Norwalk: Antron Brown preview

Antron Brown on Norwalk "I'm looking forward to going back to Norwalk. It's an awesome track. I'm ready for my pound of ice cream for a dollar. I know my kids are ready for that too. It's real close to Matco's (Tools) headquarters, so this is a...

Antron Brown on Norwalk
"I'm looking forward to going back to Norwalk. It's an awesome track. I'm ready for my pound of ice cream for a dollar. I know my kids are ready for that too. It's real close to Matco's (Tools) headquarters, so this is a very big race for us her at MAR. The family is jazzed about hitting up Splash City and Cedar Point and we're ready to win us another race. We've been doing really well lately, but we're tired of being the bridesmaid. We want another 'Wally' trophy. But the real goal is to stay atop the points standings."

Brian Corradi (crew chief) on Norwalk
"We won this race a few years ago with Mike (Ashley), so it would be great to win with Antron (Brown) as well. This is Matco's (Tools) home track, so we want to have another good showing for all the Matco employees and distributors. Like always, we want to qualify well and take things one round at a time."

Antron Brown Norwalk NHRA Notebook
Two weeks ago, Brown raced the Matco Tools dragster to his second straight final round and fifth of the season. Racing at historic Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, 30 minutes from where Brown grew up, he qualified fifth at 3.871-seconds. On race day, he outpaced Joe Hartley, Morgan Lucas and Tony Schumacher before fouling in the final round against two-time champion Larry Dixon. It was Brown's first red light start in Top Fuel.

Brown, a four-time Top Fuel winner, has yet to advance passed the second round of eliminations at the Norwalk NHRA race. The Matco Tools flagship driver qualified sixth last June in his Top Fuel debut at Norwalk at 4.652 at 291.51. He fell in round two to 17-time winner Brandon Bernstein, 4.650 to 4.861.

Brown continues to lead the NHRA Top Fuel standings. He leads six-time series champion Tony Schumacher by 34 points entering the Norwalk race, the 12th of 24 on the 2009 schedule. Brown has two wins, three runner-up finishes and four No. 1 qualifying awards in 11 races this season. The Matco Tools dragster has clocked low elapsed time and top speed of the meet five times. Brown also has recorded the three fastest 1,000-foot speeds. He is the only racer to exceed 318 mph.

-credit: mar

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Larry Dixon , Tony Schumacher , Morgan Lucas , Joe Hartley