St. Louis: Antron Brown final report

BROWN RACES TO QUARTERFINALS SUNDAY AT GATEWAY MADISON, Ill. (May 4, 2008) -- Antron Brown, a two-time winner this season, raced his David Powers-owned Matco Tools dragster to a quarterfinal finish Sunday afternoon at Gateway International ...

BROWN RACES TO QUARTERFINALS SUNDAY AT GATEWAY

MADISON, Ill. (May 4, 2008) -- Antron Brown, a two-time winner this season, raced his David Powers-owned Matco Tools dragster to a quarterfinal finish Sunday afternoon at Gateway International Raceway during the O'Reilly Midwest Nationals. The first-year Top Fuel racer remains second in the Top Fuel standings.

The 18-time NHRA winner qualified fourth with a pass of 4.517 seconds at 331.94 mph setting a Gateway track speed record on Saturday. He defeated popular racer Brandon Bernstein in the opening round on Sunday before falling to tool rival Doug Kalitta in the quarterfinals.

Brown kept his first-round win streak alive winning a pedal match against the popular Budweiser car. Brown got the jump at the start in the Matco Tools/iLocate GPS rail, but both dragsters smoked the tires. The Matco rail spun the tires further down track allowing Brown to pedal the car to earn the win light in the right lane at Gateway International Raceway. The Matco car clocked a pass of 5.929 seconds at 194.30 mph to Bernstein's run of 7.869 at 139.73 in his red rail. Brown and Tony Schumacher remain the only two Top Fuel drivers that have not lost in the opening round this season.

Brown displayed his lightning quick reaction times to get the jump over one of the best drivers in the sport, but the blue Matco Tools/Valvoline dragster lost traction early and slowed to a pass of 10.922 seconds. Kalitta drove his red dragster to a run of 4.773 at 283.07 to earn the trip to the semifinals. Brown is now 2-1 against Kalitta this season.

"With how we ran in qualifying we still had a pretty good weekend," Brown said. "The track just threw us a curveball on race day; the track got us. We'll go back to the shop in Indy and collect ourselves and hit it hard at Bristol. We got out of the first round again and we'll leave here second in the points. We'll have hiccups from time to time. You have to take the good with the bad."

-credit: dpm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Doug Kalitta , Brandon Bernstein , David Powers