Sonoma: Antron Brown preview

Antron Brown on Sonoma "What an awesome wave we've been riding all season long. We just want to keep things going this weekend at Sonoma. Infineon (Raceway) is an awesome track and we hope to go some rounds with the MAR Matco Tools dragster....

Antron Brown on Sonoma

"What an awesome wave we've been riding all season long. We just want to keep things going this weekend at Sonoma. Infineon (Raceway) is an awesome track and we hope to go some rounds with the MAR Matco Tools dragster. Brian (Corradi) and Mark (Oswald) are doing great calling the shots and we've got a great group of guys. It would be awesome to sweep the swing, but we're just going to take it one round at a time and not look ahead."

Brian Corradi (crew chief) on Sonoma

"Our team is on a really good roll right now and we really want to keep it going. We don't want to let up. Things have jelled so well and we really want to win the Sonoma race and sweep the Western Swing, but we don't want to stop there. The goal is to win the championship, but as always, we'll try to qualify well and take things one round at a time and try and run our best."

Antron Brown Sonoma NHRA Notebook

Brown enters the Sonoma race riding a hot streak. The six-time Top Fuel winner has won the first two legs of the Western Swing at Denver and Seattle as he looks to become just the fifth Top Fuel driver to sweep the grueling three-race set. Last weekend in Seattle, Brown edged six-time series champion Tony Schumacher in the final round 3.985 to 3.990 to earn his fourth win of the season. Brown has advanced to the final round at seven of 14 races this year. He also has earned five No. 1 qualifying awards, a category best, along with low E.T. of the meet honors six times and top speed of the meet seven times.

Brown made his Top Fuel debut at Infineon Raceway last July by racing the Matco Tools dragster to the pole at 3.805 seconds at 316.45 mph. It was Brown's third Top Fuel No. 1 qualifying award. On race day, Brown drove the Matco-backed rail to a semifinal finish before falling to Hillary Will in the semifinals, 4.011 to 4.042. Brown is a two-time Pro Stock Motorcycle finalist at the scenic Sonoma track.

Brown enters the final race of the Western Swing with his largest lead of the season, 137 points. The 22-time winner leads Schumacher by 137 and two-time title winner Larry Dixon by 170 points with 10 races remaining on the 2009 NHRA schedule. Brown, Schumacher and Dixon are the only three Top Fuel drivers to earn a coveted spot in the Countdown to 1. Brown has been atop the standings following the last five races and nine of 14 races this season.

-credit: mar

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Larry Dixon , Tony Schumacher , Hillary Will