Antron Brown named Night Before the 500 grand marshal

ANTRON BROWN TO SERVE AS GRAND MARSHAL FOR USAC MIDGET RACE AT O'REILLY RACEWAY PARK ON MAY 23 BROWNSBURG, Ind. (May 19, 2009) - Antron Brown, a two-time Top Fuel winner this season, will serve as the grand marshal for the 64th ...

ANTRON BROWN TO SERVE AS GRAND MARSHAL FOR USAC MIDGET RACE AT O'REILLY RACEWAY PARK ON MAY 23

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (May 19, 2009) - Antron Brown, a two-time Top Fuel winner this season, will serve as the grand marshal for the 64th annual TourHendricksCounty.com Night Before the 500 presented by Comfort Suties of Brownsburg USAC Midget race on May 23 at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis. Brown will be honored before the start of the feature race and sign autographs and meet with race fans.

The month of May tradition has featured winners such as Ryan Newman, J. J. Yeley, Kevin Swindell and last year's winner Bobby East. Gates at O'Reilly Raceway Park open at 3 p.m. on May 23. Tickets are on sale for $25 for reserved seats and $20 for general admission seats. Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult.

"I feel very honored and blessed and just want to thank everyone at O'Reilly Raceway Park for the opportunity," Brown said. "ORP is our home race track and anything we can do to promote NHRA drag racing I'm glad to do. It's going to be a busy day with the open house and the USAC race and I'm very excited to meet all the racing fans and hopefully help create some new NHRA fans. Any fans in town for the (Indianapolis) 500 have a fun weekend in store."

Brown drives the Matco Tools dragster for Mike Ashley Racing. The 20-time NHRA winner currently ranks second in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Top Fuel standings following eight of 24 races on the 2009 schedule. Brown has two wins in three final rounds and two No. 1 qualifying awards this season. He is the only driver in NHRA history to win races and lead the points standings in both the Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle categories. Brown and the Matco Tools team will next compete at the 21st annual O'Reilly Summer Nationals, May 27-29, at Heartland Park Topeka in Topeka, Kan.

"We are thrilled to have Antron (Brown), a star of the NHRA and a Pittsboro (Ind.) resident, as the grand marshal of the TourHendricksCounty.com USAC Midget race," said Ron Anderson, general manager of O'Reilly Raceway Park. "Antron is a is a tremendous ambassador of NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing and we hope that open wheel fans get a chance to meet him and learn more about him and the NHRA."

Mike Ashley Racing supports Autism Awareness through their support of the Hyperbaric Therapy Center. A 2007 Centers for Disease Control report found that 1 in 150 children in America today have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and an estimated 1.5 million Americans and their families are now affected. Autism is a national health crisis, and Mike Ashley Racing is working to help educate the public about ways they can get involved. Visit the Heal Autism Now website for more information about how you can get involved at www.healautismnow.org.

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Series NHRA , USAC
Drivers Antron Brown , Ryan Newman , Kevin Swindell , Bobby East , Mike Ashley