Antron Brown on Bristol "We're coming into Bristol with a very strong race car. Last spring, we ran that awesome 319-mph speed with this Matco Tools dragster and the way our car has been running the last three races, we're ready to go...
Antron Brown on Bristol
"We're coming into Bristol with a very strong race car. Last spring, we ran that awesome 319-mph speed with this Matco Tools dragster and the way our car has been running the last three races, we're ready to go some rounds again. The forecast looks pretty hot so both the drivers and crew chiefs will have to be on their game. I know our DSR Matco Tools team is up to the challenge and we hungry to win a race."
Brian Corradi (crew chief) on Bristol
"Bristol is one of my favorite race tracks. We won there two years ago with Melanie (Troxel) in the Funny Car and ran well with Antron (Brown) and the dragster last season. It's a tricky track because of the elevation and the summer temperatures should make things even more challenging. It should be a fun event to watch."
Antron Brown Bristol NHRA Notebook
Last weekend in Englishtown, N.J., his home race track, Antron Brown, a New Jersey native, raced to his fourth final round of the 2010 NHRA season. After qualifying in the No. 4 position at 3.817 seconds at 315.86 mph, Brown defeated Scott Palmer, Terry McMillen and Doug Kalitta before falling to points leader Larry Dixon in the final round. Brown is now 0-4 against Dixon this season and 0-2 in final rounds. It was Brown's 52 career final round and 19th in Top Fuel.
Last spring at Bristol Dragway, Brown qualified his Matco Tools dragster seventh at 3.898 seconds at 313.07 mph. He advanced to the second round where he fell in a close race to Brandon Bernstein, 3.862 to 3.873. In an opening round win, Brown clocked, at the time, the fastest 1,000-foot speed at 319.75 mph. The Matco team carded top speed of the meet honors at 13 races last season.
In two tries at the Bristol track - the Pro Stock Motorcycle class does not compete at the Bristol race - Brown has never qualified lower than seventh. He has an average qualifying position of 5.5 and has yet to advance past the second round of eliminations.
Brown, who won a category-best six races last season, enters the 10th race on the 2010 NHRA schedule ranked fifth in the Top Fuel standings. He trails two-time champion Larry Dixon by 350 points. Brown has four final-round appearances this season (Gainesville, Charlotte 1, Houston and Englishtown) and three No. 1 qualifiers (Gainesville, Las Vegas 1 and Topeka). Last year, Brown had 10 finals and seven poles. His average qualifying position in 10 races this year is 5.45. He has a mark of 16-11 in 27 rounds this season.