Antron Brown on Reading "I'm excited to get back to the East Coast near where I grew up. I used to go to Reading and Maple Grove (Raceway) as a kid and I can't wait to race the Matco Tools dragster there. We're fired up about the charity...
Antron Brown on Reading
"I'm excited to get back to the East Coast near where I grew up. I used to go to Reading and Maple Grove (Raceway) as a kid and I can't wait to race the Matco Tools dragster there. We're fired up about the charity softball game on Thursday night, so hopefully we can win the game for a great cause like DRAW and the race on Sunday."
Lee Beard (crew chief) on Reading
"Our goal is to continue to work on our consistency as we head towards the Countdown (to the Championship). We want to have the best possible tune-up and combination ready to go when we get to Charlotte next month. We also want to remain second in the points standings and we'll need to go some rounds at Reading to hold on to the second spot."
Antron Brown Reading NHRA Notebook
Last weekend in Brainerd, Minn., Brown qualified the Matco Tools dragster in the top half of the 16-car order for the 14th time in 16 races with an elapsed time of 3.929-seconds. On race day, he was defeated in the opening round of eliminations for just the third time this season.
Brown has ranked second in the NHRA POWERade Top Fuel standings since winning the Atlanta NHRA race in April. The first-year Top Fuel racer has two wins (Houston and Atlanta) and three poles. He has advanced to four final rounds in the Matco-backed car. Brown has an average qualifying position of 4.56 this season. He is the only Top Fuel racer other than points-leader Tony Schumacher to win multiple races this season.
Last Aug. at the Reading NHRA race, Brown qualified his U.S. Army Suzuki in the No. 8 position with a lap of 6.997 seconds at 190.48 mph. He advanced to the second round before falling to teammate Angelle Sampey. Brown did earn the pole at Maple Grove Raceway in 2004 with a run of 7.057-seconds. He also advanced to the final round that year. In 10 races at Maple Grove Raceway, Brown has an average starting position of 7.1.