Brainerd: Antron Brown preview

Antron Brown on Brainerd "I'm excited to get back to Brainerd. It's a track I've had a lot of success at. We're looking at getting this Matco Tools dragster back on track and hopefully get the No. 4 position heading into the Countdown (to 1). We...

Antron Brown on Brainerd "I'm excited to get back to Brainerd. It's a track I've had a lot of success at. We're looking at getting this Matco Tools dragster back on track and hopefully get the No. 4 position heading into the Countdown (to 1). We have a great team, now it's time to bring it home for Matco Tools and all the distributors that support us."

Brian Corradi (crew chief) on Brainerd
"We ran well at Brainerd last year and we hope to continue that. We can usually run pretty well there with the weather conditions. Our goal, like always, is to qualify well. We've been doing that lately. We just need to improve our consistency on race day and we should be able to go some rounds and hopefully move up to fourth place in the standings before the Countdown (to 1) begins."

Antron Brown Brainerd NHRA Notebook

-Three weeks ago at the Mile-High Nationals near Denver, Brown earned his fifth No. 1 qualifier of this season after pacing the field with a lap of 3.961 seconds. It was his second straight pole at the Denver race. On race day, he defeated Terry Haddock before the Matco Tools dragster dropped a cylinder and fell to Brandon Bernstein in round two. It ended a streak of three straight final round appearances for the Matco Tools car at Denver.

-Last year at the Brainerd NHRA race, Brown won his 14th straight round before falling to two-time champion Larry Dixon in the semifinals. After sweeping the Western Swing, Brown qualified sixth at B.I.R. at 3.947 seconds at 304.46 mph. On race day, Brown defeated Terry Haddock and seven-time champion Tony Schumacher before the Matco Tools car smoked the tires against Dixon in the semifinals. Brown earned top speed of the meet honors at 318.69 mph.

-Brown is a four-time Pro Stock Motorcycle winner at Brainerd. His four wins in the North Star State are the most at any track on the NHRA tour. Brown has won races at 14 current NHRA tracks and has multiple wins at six facilities. He also has two No. 1 qualifiers at B.I.R.

-Brown, who won a category-best six races last season, enters the 17th race on the 2010 NHRA schedule ranked fifth in the Top Fuel standings. He trails two-time champion Larry Dixon by 393 points. Brown has six final-round appearances this season (Gainesville, Charlotte 1, Houston, Englishtown, Norwalk and Seattle) and five No. 1 qualifiers (Gainesville, Las Vegas 1, Topeka, Bristol and Denver). Last year, Brown had 10 finals and seven poles. His average qualifying position in 16 races this year is 4.5.

-source: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Larry Dixon , Tony Schumacher , Brandon Bernstein , Terry Haddock