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Antron Brown on Houston "I'm excited to go back to Houston, the site of our first career Top Fuel win. That's was an awesome day last year and we'll never forget our first Top Fuel win. We want to keep that "Wally" trophy in-house for our...

Antron Brown on Houston
"I'm excited to go back to Houston, the site of our first career Top Fuel win. That's was an awesome day last year and we'll never forget our first Top Fuel win. We want to keep that "Wally" trophy in-house for our team here and MAR and I know we have a great shot. Our Matco car is running really well and Brian (Corradi) and Mark (Oswald) are doing a great job tuning this dragster."

Brian Corradi (crew chief) on Houston
"Hopefully the conditions will allow us to run quick at Houston. We learned some things at Gainesville running in the hot weather that we can apply to help us have a more consistent race car and we hope that will help us get to another final round at Houston."

Antron Brown Houston NHRA Notebook
-Brown continues to lead the NHRA Top Fuel standings. The popular racer has already powered his Brian Corradi/Mark Oswald-tuned dragster to the pole and a runner-up finish at the season-opening Winternationals, before earning his third career Top Fuel win by defeating Brandon Bernstein in the final round of the Phoenix race in late February, 3.846 to 5.173. Brown has qualified in the top half of the 16-car field at all three races this season and has an average qualifying position of 3.7. He also has an elimination mark of 8-2 in 10 rounds of racing.

-Brown made NHRA history at Houston Raceway Park last March when he raced his Matco Tools dragster to the win over two-time series champion Larry Dixon 4.605 to 4.621 to become the first driver in NHRA to win races in both the Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle categories. Brown won from the No. 12 starting spot after qualifying with a lap of 4.644 seconds at 322.42 mph. It was his first of two Top Fuel wins (Atlanta) last season. Brown made five final round appearances in 2008.

-In 11 tries at the ultra-quick Houston track, Brown has one win (2008) in two final-round appearances. He posted a runner-up finish to Karen Stoffer in the PSM final in 2004, 7.159 to 7.176. He earned the pole at the 2001 Houston race with a lap of 7.167 at 187.23. Brown's average qualifying position at Houston Raceway Park is 4.54. Houston Raceway Park is one of 10 current NHRA tracks where Brown has won a race.

-credit: mar

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Drivers Antron Brown , Brandon Bernstein