ANTRON BROWN FALLS IN ROUND TWO AT DALLAS ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 26, 2010) - Antron Brown drove his Don Schumacher-owned Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster to a second-round finish Sunday afternoon at Texas Motorplex. The 24-time NHRA winner now ...
ANTRON BROWN FALLS IN ROUND TWO AT DALLAS
ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 26, 2010) - Antron Brown drove his Don Schumacher-owned Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster to a second-round finish Sunday afternoon at Texas Motorplex. The 24-time NHRA winner now ranks seventh in the Countdown to 1 standings.
A day after Brown qualified his Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster in the No.4 position with an elapsed time of 3.812-seconds, he defeated fuel-racing pioneer Chris "the Greek" Karamesines before falling to 18-time winner Brandon Bernstein in round two. The Matco Tools team has a mark of 28-20 in 48 rounds this season and hasn't advanced passed the quarterfinals since posting a runner-up finish at the Seattle race in July.
Brown used the third-best reaction time of the opening round to race his bright blue Matco Tools rail to the win light in the left lane at Texas Motorplex. Brown's Matco-backed rail powered to a run of 3.871 at 315.05 to advance to the quarterfinals and a match against Bernstein. "The Greek" posted a run of 3.981 at 305.08. It was Brown's 115th career Top Fuel round win.
Squaring off against the second-generation Top Fueler for the fourth time this season, Brown got the jump out of the starting gate posting his second quickest pass of the weekend, 3.840 at 318.09, but it wasn't enough to outpace Bernstein's career-best elapsed time. The Copart driver sped the low elapsed time of the round at 3.784 at 318.09 to earn the trip to the semifinals. Brown is now 0-4 against Bernstein this season. Bernstein and points-leader Larry Dixon are the only two drivers Brown has not beaten this season.
"We just got flat out run," Brown said. "Brandon (Bernstein) and that Copart team made an awesome run and we just got beat. We tip our hats to Todd (Smith) and Donnie (Bender) and those guys are head back home to Indy with our heads held high. We ran great all weekend here in Dallas and our performance improved on each run in qualifying and eliminations. We're making great strides and I wish Reading (Pa.) was next weekend."
The next NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event is the 26th annual Toyo Tires Nationals, Oct. 7-10, at Maple Grove Raceway near Reading, Pa. There are three races remaining on the 2010 NHRA schedule.