Pomona II: Antron Brown Thursday notes

ANTRON BROWN FINISHES 14TH THURSDAY AT POMONA POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 12, 2009) - Antron Brown raced his Don Schumacher-owned Matco Tools dragster to the No. 14 qualifying position Thursday afternoon at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. The 23-time...

ANTRON BROWN FINISHES 14TH THURSDAY AT POMONA

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 12, 2009) - Antron Brown raced his Don Schumacher-owned Matco Tools dragster to the No. 14 qualifying position Thursday afternoon at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

The 23-time NHRA winner, who enters the race ranked fourth in the NHRA Countdown to 1 standings, made only one qualifying attempt on Thursday due to the unique qualifying format at the two Pomona races. Brown's bright blue Matco Tools car posted a run of 4.592 seconds at 158.48 mph after losing traction in the left lane at Auto Club Raceway. Brown finished 14th in the order. His DSR teammates, Tony Schumacher and Cory McClenathan, qualified first and fourth, respectively, on Thursday at Pomona.

"We don't have anything to lose this weekend, so we're just going to go out and have fun and try to throw it down," Brown said. "The conditions are good enough to set a national record and that's what we're going to try and do. It was obviously too aggressive for that session, so we'll come back out Friday and get the DSR Matco Tools car in the show."

Professional nitro qualifying is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. (PT) on Friday with Top Fuel followed by Funny Car. Brown earned the pole at the season-opening Winternationals (3.708-seconds) and raced to a runner-up finish (to Doug Kalitta) at Pomona in February.

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Tony Schumacher , Doug Kalitta