BROWN AND MATCO TOOLS TEAM RACE TO QUARTERFINALS AT DALLAS ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 27, 2009) - Antron Brown, a 23-time NHRA winner, drove his Mike Ashley-owned Matco Tools dragster to a second-round finish Sunday afternoon at the 24th annual...
BROWN AND MATCO TOOLS TEAM RACE TO QUARTERFINALS AT DALLAS
ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 27, 2009) - Antron Brown, a 23-time NHRA winner, drove his Mike Ashley-owned Matco Tools dragster to a second-round finish Sunday afternoon at the 24th annual O'Reilly Super Start Batteries Fall Nationals. Brown and the Matco Tools team now ranks fourth in the Countdown to 1 standings.
A day after qualifying the Matco Tools/Toyota rail in the No. 6 position for the second time this season (Brainerd, Minn.), Brown outpaced Terry Haddock before falling to Top Fuel's winningest driver, Tony Schumacher, in the second round. Brown now has a mark of 1-2 in the Countdown to 1 and 43-15 in 20 races this season with five wins and seven No. 1 qualifying awards.
The 1999 Pro Stock Motorcycle winner at Texas Motorplex earned his 300th career round win by holding off the part-time runner in the opening round. Brown used a tune-up from crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Mark Oswald to score the wire-to-wire win. The Matco Tools/DirecTV car carded a pass of 3.911 seconds at 312.78 mph to advance to the quarterfinals. Haddock's dragster clocked a run of 3.985 at 300.20. Brown is now 2-0 against Haddock this season.
Squaring off against the six-time champion for the sixth time this season, two of the elite drivers in Top Fuel racing used almost identical reaction times and put on a great race until the Matco Tools/SpongeTech car lost traction allowing the U.S. Army dragster to speed by for the win in the left lane at the Motorplex. Brown's Matco-backed rail slowed to a run of 4.113 at 266.00 in the unfavored right lane, while the Mike Green-tuned car used the quickest pass of the round at 3.915 at 315.49. Brown is now 4-2 against the U.S. Army car this year.
"Lane choice was very important here today at the (Texas) Motorplex and unfortunately for our Matco Tools team, we were a little short in the first round," Brown said. "We made a really good run in the first round at 3.91, I think that was second quick, but we didn't have lane choice. We were on a good run, but it just pulled the tires loose about mid-track. It's ok though. We're positive, we know we can win races and we're going to go to Memphis next weekend and put on a good show for Matco Tools and Toyota."