Pomona II: Antron Brown preview

Antron Brown on Pomona "It's all come down to this. We're 80 points out, but we've still got a shot at this Countdown championship. We ran awesome at Pomona in February with getting the pole and running that 3.77 and making it to the final round.

Antron Brown on Pomona

"It's all come down to this. We're 80 points out, but we've still got a shot at this Countdown championship. We ran awesome at Pomona in February with getting the pole and running that 3.77 and making it to the final round. Our DSR Matco Tools dragster is running great and there's no reason we can't go out on top a winner at Pomona. We've won there on the bikes a while back and it would be cool to do it in Top Fuel too."

Antron Brown Pomona Finals NHRA Notebook

Two weeks ago in Las Vegas, Brown qualified his Matco Tools dragster third at 3.834 seconds at 317.42 mph. It is the 12th time in 23 races that Brown has qualified third or better. On race day, Brown bested Denmark driver Stig Neergaard, who made his first NHRA start, in the opening round 4.012 to 6.954. The Matco Tools car was defeated in the second round by Brandon Bernstein in a close race 3.882 to 3.894. Brown is 4-4 in eight races against the second generation Top Fuel driver this season.

Brown returns to Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, where he made his Top Fuel debut almost two years ago. The 23-time NHRA winner won the Pro Stock Motorcycle crown at the season-ending NHRA bash in 1999. Brown has earned two No. 1 qualifying awards at the historic Southern California track, both at the Winternationals. This February, he paced the Top Fuel field in a rain-shortened qualifying. When the rain-plagued race was finally completed on Tuesday, Brown posted the quickest run of the 2009 season at 3.778-seconds in a semifinal win over Bernstein before falling to Doug Kalitta in the final round 3.822 to 3.847.

This season, Brown has five wins in nine final round appearances, along with seven poles. In July, Brown made NHRA history becoming just the seventh professional driver to sweep the grueling Western Swing (Denver, Seattle and Sonoma, Calif.). Brown also posted the fastest run in NHRA 1,000-foot racing at 319.75. He has set the NHRA national speed record twice at 319.22 and 319.60 mph. He led the standings entering the Countdown to 1 and after 13 races this season. He trails Tony Schumacher by 80 points or four rounds of racing and ranks fourth in the Countdown to 1 standings, his lowest placing of the season. Brown's average qualifying position this season is 3.73 and 3.6 in the five Countdown to 1 races.

Antron Brown... Did You Know?

-Brown was a track star at Mercer Community College in New Jersey competing in the 100 and 200-meters, long jump, and 55-meter indoor. He ran quick enough to qualify for the U.S. Olympic trails in the 100-meters.

-Brown's first race team owner was former NFL star cornerback Troy Vincent.

-Brown is the only driver in NHRA history to hold the points lead and win races in both Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle (7 TF/16 PSM).

-Brown's co-crew chief, Mark Oswald, won the 1984 NHRA Winston Funny Car championship. Oswald is one of 14 drivers in NHRA history to have won races in both Top Fuel and Funny Car.

-Brown's team owner, Don Schumacher, owns seven professional NHRA teams. DSR drivers amassed 135 NHRA national event wins and seven championships.

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Tony Schumacher , Brandon Bernstein , Don Schumacher