Englishtown: Antron Brown preview

Antron Brown on Englishtown "I couldn't be more excited to get back to racing at E-Town. I always love getting to go home to the home track in New Jersey and race in front of all the family and friends. Our Matco Tools dragster is running awesome.

Antron Brown on Englishtown
"I couldn't be more excited to get back to racing at E-Town. I always love getting to go home to the home track in New Jersey and race in front of all the family and friends. Our Matco Tools dragster is running awesome. We're leading the points standings and coming off a great race at Chicago. We just want to keep things rolling along and qualify well and go rounds on race day."

Brian Corradi (crew chief) on Englishtown
"Our car is running great and Antron (Brown) and the entire Matco team continue to do a great job. Last week, we came up just short in the final round and were very close to winning the race. We're confident that we have a car that can run well in the heat or in ideal conditions. As always, our goal is to qualify well, near the top of the order, and take things one round at a time and try to go some rounds on Sunday."

Antron Brown Englishtown NHRA Notebook
Last weekend at Route 66 Raceway, Brown nearly completed the 2009 sweep of Illinois. After winning at Madison, Ill. last month, Brown posted a runner-up finish last weekend at Joliet, Ill. The four-time Top Fuel winner earned his fourth No. 1 qualifying position of the season (3.826 seconds) and advanced to his fourth final round appearance of the season where he fell in a close race to Spencer Massey, 3.856 to 3.870. He also carded the third fastest 1,000-foot speed at 317.94 mph.

The 20-time winner has experienced a good deal of success at his home race track. The Chesterfield, N.J. native is a two-time winner at the historic New Jersey track. Raceway Park is one of five tracks where Brown has won multiple races. Brown also has three No. 1 qualifying awards at the Englishtown race, including last season, his first in Top Fuel. Brown also has qualified on pole more than once at five tracks. Last season, Brown paced the Top Fuel field after his Friday evening blast of 4.502 seconds at 326.24 mph. He fell in a close second round race to six-time series champion Tony Schumacher 4.618 to 4.621.

Brown enters the 10th race on the 2009 NHRA schedule leading the NHRA top Fuel standings. He leads Schumacher by 18 points or less than one round of racing. Brown has not ranked lower than second this season. Brown has two wins, two runner-up finishes, including last weekend near Chicago, and four No. 1 qualifying awards, including the last two races at Topeka, Kan. and Joliet. Ill. Brown has clocked the three fastest 1,000-foot Top Fuel runs and recorded low elapsed time and top speed of the meet honors five times this season.

-credit: mar

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Tony Schumacher , Spencer Massey