ANTRON BROWN WINS POMONA FINALS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT SEASON, SECURES FOURTH PLACE IN 2010 TOP FUEL STANDINGS POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 14, 2010) - Antron Brown drove his Don Schumacher-owned Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster to his first win of the 2010...
ANTRON BROWN WINS POMONA FINALS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT SEASON, SECURES FOURTH PLACE IN 2010 TOP FUEL STANDINGS
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 14, 2010) - Antron Brown drove his Don Schumacher-owned Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster to his first win of the 2010 NHRA season Sunday evening at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. It was his 25th career win and ninth in Top Fuel.
Brown, who raced his bright blue Matco Tools dragster to the No. 8 qualifying position on Saturday at Pomona, defeated former Top Alcohol dragster champion Steve Torrence, seven-time Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher, team owner/driver Morgan Lucas, and two-time Super Comp champion Shawn Langdon in the final round. Brown has now won a Top Fuel race in each of the last three seasons as the win secured a top four finish for the DSR Matco Tools/U.S. Army Top Fuel team. The three DSR Top Fuel teams finished second (Schumacher), third (Cory McClenathan) and fourth (Brown) in the 2010 standings.
As the first pair of dragsters to face the historic Pomona track on Sunday, two of the better leavers in the sport used nearly identical reaction times as Brown used a tune-up from crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Mark Oswald to power the Matco-backed rail to the win. The defending event champion posted the second quickest lap of the round at 3.851 seconds at 318.47 mph to advance to the semifinals. Only DSR and U.S. Army Racing teammate Tony Schumacher was quicker at 3.838-seconds. Torrence's car lost traction and slowed to a run of 4.172-seconds. It was Brown's 120th career Top Fuel round win.
Squaring off against the U.S. Army car for 20th time in three seasons, Brown got the narrow jump out of the starting gate to race the Matco Tools rail to the wire-to-wire win. Brown clocked the quickest pass of the round at 3.858 at 318.84 mph to edge the Mike Green-tuned Army car, which carded a time of 3.878 at 303.09. The Army dragster spun the tires at the top end of the track causing the slow elapsed time. Brown is now 10-10 against Schumacher and 3-2 in five races this season.
Racing in the semifinals for the 10th time this season, Brown used a stout .040 of-a-second reaction time to advance to his seventh final round appearance of the season. The Matco Tools/U.S. Army car posted a lap of 3.863 at 317.19 to score the win over Lucas, who fouled at the start. Brown is now 8-1 against Lucas and 4-0 this season. It was Brown's 35th round win of the season.
Brown's seventh final round of the season, proved to be lucky number seven. Arguably the two best leavers in the nitro classes used almost identical reaction times as Brown blasted to his quickest pass of the weekend at 3.840 at 311.99 mph to score the win. Langdon's red, white and blue dragster shook the tires and powered to a run of 4.185 at 306.46 mph. Brown finished the 2010 season with a mark of 36-22 (.620). It was his third career win at the Auto Club Finals and second straight in Top Fuel. It was the 151st win for DSR.
"This feels amazing," Brown said. "This is so huge for our entire Matco Tools team here at DSR. To win this for Don (Schumacher) and all our Matco distributors and our Army Strong soldiers feels great. This has been a roller coaster year for our team, but we fought through all the adversity and won here at Pomona (Calif.) for the second year in a row. Our team really deserves this win and it's going to make the off season a lot sweeter."