ANTRON BROWN QUALIFIES THIRD FRIDAY AT READING, ONLY ONE QUALIFYING SESSION COMPLETED DUE TO RAIN MOHNTON, Pa. (Aug. 21, 2009) - Antron Brown raced his Mike Ashley-owned Matco Tools dragster to the provisional No. 3 qualifying position ...
ANTRON BROWN QUALIFIES THIRD FRIDAY AT READING, ONLY ONE QUALIFYING SESSION COMPLETED DUE TO RAIN
MOHNTON, Pa. (Aug. 21, 2009) - Antron Brown raced his Mike Ashley-owned Matco Tools dragster to the provisional No. 3 qualifying position Friday evening at Maple Grove Raceway. The 23-time NHRA winner and current Top Fuel point's leader used an elapsed time of 3.895-seconds to finish third in the 16-car order.
After a lengthy afternoon rain delay at the 25th annual Toyo Tires Nationals, professional qualifying finally began around 7 p.m. (ET). As the last pair of cars to go down the track on Friday evening, Brown and the Matco Tools team outpaced the U.S. Army/Matco Tools dragster to earn the provisional No. 3 qualifying position. The seven-time Top Fuel winner used a tune-up from crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Mark Oswald to power the bright blue Matco Tools dragster to a pass of 3.895 seconds at 313.07 mph. Brown posted the fastest speed of the day at more than 313-mph. There are 16 Top Fuel dragsters competing this weekend. Morgan Lucas earned the provisional pole at 3.867-seconds.
"I don't know what the deal with this place is, but it always seems to rain here," Brown said. "This is one of my favorite tracks and a place I'd love to win at. I'm glad we got that one run in because tomorrow looks ugly from what they're saying. All we can do is show up and hope we race. I know we'd like to try and go even faster out there.
"We had fun out there today though. My Grandma (Delores Brown) was hanging out and signing autographs. We did a long autograph session at the NitroMall and it's always cool to mingle with the fans. And let me tell you, these fans here at Maple Grove (Raceway) are some die hards. I think my Grandma is more popular than me these days."
Professional nitro qualifying is scheduled for Noon and 3 p.m. (ET) on Saturday afternoon at Maple Grove Raceway. Top Fuel will run first followed by Funny Car. Brown raced his Matco Tools dragster to a semifinals finish at the Reading race last August after qualifying seventh at 3.892-seconds.