Topeka: Antron Brown preview

Antron Brown on Topeka "I'm excited to get back out there to Topeka. We came up just short last year. I always like performing at Topeka because one of the guys I looked up to growing up, Gary Ormsby, has a great legacy at Heartland Park. Topeka...

Antron Brown on Topeka
"I'm excited to get back out there to Topeka. We came up just short last year. I always like performing at Topeka because one of the guys I looked up to growing up, Gary Ormsby, has a great legacy at Heartland Park. Topeka is a fun little town and we're ready to get back to racing and to keep this Matco Tools dragster up there in the standings."

Brian Corradi (crew chief) on Topeka
"We always look forward to go to Topeka. That was Mike's (Ashley) first win back in 2007. We can make some good power at Topeka and it's always a good race track. We got to run on a hot track at Bristol and that should help us to be more consistent. As always, the goal is to be consistent and go down the track."

Antron Brown Topeka NHRA Notebook
Two weeks ago at Bristol Dragway, Brown made NHRA history recording the fastest 1,000-foot speed, 319.75 mph. The Matco Tools flagship driver qualified his Matco Tools rail seventh at 3.898-seconds. In his opening round match against Troy Buff, Brown blasted to a lap of 3.838 seconds at 319.75. He has clocked the two fastest speeds this season, 318.02 (St. Louis) and 319.75 (Bristol). He was defeated by 17-time winner Brandon Bernstein in round two 3.862 to 3.873.

Brown made his first career start at Heartland Park Topeka last May. The veteran racer had never competed at the Topeka track as the Pro Stock Motorcycle class doesn't compete at every race. Brown qualified his Matco Tools rail fourth at 4.584 seconds at 292.77 mph. He posted a semifinal finish falling to two-time series champion Larry Dixon.

After eight of 24 races on the 2009 NHRA schedule, Brown ranks second in the Top Fuel standings, trailing six-time series champion Tony Schumacher by 45 points. Brown has not ranked lower than second this season. The four-time Top Fuel winner has two wins in three final round appearances and two No. 1 qualifying awards this season. Brown has raced his Brian Corradi/Mark Oswald-tuned dragster to low E.T. of the meet and top speed of the meet three times this year. He also has recorded personal bests in both elapsed time (3.778 seconds) and speed (319.75 mph).

-credit: mar

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Larry Dixon , Tony Schumacher , Troy Buff