Sonoma: Antron Brown Saturday notes

BROWN LOOKS TO SWEEP WESTERN SWING FROM NO. 4 QUALIFYING POSITION AT SONOMA SONOMA, Calif. (July 25, 2009) - Antron Brown, a four-time Top Fuel winner this season, raced his Mike Ashley-owned Matco Tools dragster to the No. 4 qualifying position...

BROWN LOOKS TO SWEEP WESTERN SWING FROM NO. 4 QUALIFYING POSITION AT SONOMA

SONOMA, Calif. (July 25, 2009) - Antron Brown, a four-time Top Fuel winner this season, raced his Mike Ashley-owned Matco Tools dragster to the No. 4 qualifying position Saturday afternoon at Infineon Raceway. The 22-time NHRA winner used a qualifying-best elapsed time of 3.844-seconds to finish fourth in the 16-car order at the 22nd annual FRAM-Autolite Nationals.

Looking to join an exclusive group of NHRA champions on Sunday at Infineon Raceway, Brown qualified the Matco Tools/Lend America dragster in the top half of the field for the 14th time in 15 races this season. After winning the Denver and Seattle races, Brown hopes to join Top Fuel drivers Joe Amato, Cory McClenathan, Larry Dixon and Tony Schumacher as the only Top Fuelers to sweep the grueling Western Swing.

Brown's quickest qualifing lap came on Friday evening under the lights at Infineon Raceway when the Matco Tools flagship driver powered his bright blue Matco Tools/Toyota rail to a lap of 3.844 seconds at 311.05 mph. On Saturday's first qualifying attempt, Brown powered the Brian Corradi/Mark Oswald-tuned Matco rail to a lap of 3.916 at 308.35 to clock the third quickest pass of the third qualifying session. Brown carded the fastest speed of the round. The two-time Infineon Raceway finalist in Pro Stock Motorcycle finished in the No. 4 qualifying position after the Matco Tools/DirecTV car overpowered the Sonoma track on its final qualifying attempt with a pass of 4.653 at 164.09 mph. It is the first time that Brown has qualified fourth this season and the 24th time in his career that Brown will start fourth. The six-time Top Fuel winner now has an average qualifying position of four through 15 races this season.

"It's been a good qualifying outing for this MAR Matco (Tools) team," Brown said. "We made three good runs and pushed it a little bit on that last run. We knew we couldn't run better, so we were testing a little bit out there. It's all good. We've got an awesome team and I really like our chances. I know Mark (Oswald) and Brian (Corradi) and our whole team will do a great job and put us in a position to win some rounds here at Sonoma."

Brown will face off against No. 13 qualifier Troy Buff in the opening round of Top Fuel eliminations at 11 a.m. (PT) on Sunday at Infineon Raceway. Brown is 3-0 in his career against the part-time Top Fuel runner and 1-0 this season. Brown has a mark of 34-10 this year with four wins in seven final round appearances.

-credit: mar

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Larry Dixon , Tony Schumacher , Joe Amato , Cory McClenathan , Mike Ashley , Troy Buff