Brown misses chance to repeat as Indy U.S. Nationals champ

Brown leaves Indy with Top Fuel top seed for NHRA Countdown

Antron Brown
Antron Brown

Photo by: Michael C. Johnson

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Sept. 9, 2012) - Antron Brown didn't get to leave the U.S. Nationals with another title from the most prestigious race of the season, but he was able to leave as the Top Fuel points leader heading to the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series playoffs.

Brown advanced to the semifinals Sunday at Lucas Oil Raceway where he lost to Don Schumacher Racing teammate Spencer Massey. Massey went on to lose to another DSR teammate, Tony Schumacher, for the title at the track just west of Indianapolis.

"Our hats are off to Spencer and his Prestone/FRAM boys and of course to Tony for winning the U.S. Nationals again," said Brown, who won the prestigious title a year ago. "It was great to see our DSR teammates in the final, but trust me, I wish it was our Matco team."

Brown's win in the second round clinched the points lead for his Matco Tools team led by crew chiefs Mark Oswald and Brian Corradi as they enter the six-event Countdown to the Championship, which begins next weekend near Charlotte, N.C.

The top-10 drivers after the first 17 events of the season advance to the Countdown when points are reset at 10-point increments, and the points leader receives a 20-point bonus so Brown will lead Massey, who is No. 2 in the standings, by 30 when racing begins at zMAX Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

"We had a great weekend," Brown said. "We secured our No. 1 spot for the Countdown so we accomplished the main mission we set out to do. We wanted to bring it to the winner's circle but a clutch disc disintegrated and it slowed us right there on our last run against Spencer.

"All our Matco boys are amped up, pumped up. This is a great motivator for going into the Countdown because we have to make sure nothing goes wrong and we're up on our Ps and Qs.

"We're ready to go out there and take charge. We're not going to change anything we're doing.'

Source: Don Schumacher Racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Tony Schumacher , Don Schumacher , Spencer Massey
Article type Race report
Tags brown, indianapolis, schumacher, top fuel