Atlanta Antron Brown Pro Stock Motorscycle Preview

BROWN GEARING FOR SECOND NHRA PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE VICTORY COMMERCE, Ga. -- The world of NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle racing is getting more competitive with every event. Add second-year rider Antron Brown to the list of championship ...

BROWN GEARING FOR SECOND NHRA PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE VICTORY COMMERCE, Ga. -- The world of NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle racing is getting more competitive with every event. Add second-year rider Antron Brown to the list of championship contenders in the two-wheel category. Brown, feared by many opponents because of his lightning-quick reflexes at the starting line, earned the first victory of his NHRA career at Dallas' Castrol Nationals. He did it by intimidation alone. Brown, from Chesterfield, N.J., took the win light in each of his four rounds of competition before he even crossed the finish line. "Every single person I raced at Dallas redlighted against me," said Brown, rider of Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Troy Vincent's Team 23 Suzuki. "I pushed the tree hard all year long last year and stayed as consistent as possible. It's been helping me win drag races." Brown hopes to win another drag race as teams prepare for the 19th annual Advance Auto Parts NHRA Southern Nationals, May 13-16, at Atlanta Dragway. The $1.6 million race is the seventh of 22 events in the $40 million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. Brown says that the key to his recent success is twofold: the addition of a new engine program and good advice from his team owner. "Keeping that focus is the key," said Brown, who is among riders this season utilizing Vance & Hines horsepower. "Troy has helped me out a lot because of the focus level he has to keep in his pro football career. His advice has really helped me learn how to keep that focal point going and we've got good power from Byron Hines. That win at Dallas was for Troy. This is what his dream has been and I'm just glad I was able to help it come true for him." With the victory at Dallas, Brown moved into second in the Winston point standings. He'll try to move in front of the pack at Atlanta. "We can't let anybody get off to a good start this year," Brown said. "We have to keep this thing mixed up and keep working hard to get in final rounds. That's the only way to win races. The more final rounds you're in, the more you're gonna win." While Matt Hines is the two-time defending champion in the category, Brown says Seeling appears to have the advantage early in the season. "We've got to try to keep Angelle out of there," Brown said. "We're holding her back and that's what we've got to keep doing. That's how Matt won the championship last year. He got out to a great start, got the momentum going and he was unstoppable. We can't let that Winston bike do that this year." He says teams can't focus entirely on Seeling because other riders are equally as tough. "It's definitely going to be more competitive this year," Brown said. "I feel like there's six bikes that are going to contend for the championship. You can't count out anybody at this point in the season, but racers like Angelle, Matt, John Smith, Greg Underdahl and Tony Mullen are going to be right in there battling with us for the championship."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Matt Hines , Greg Underdahl