BROWN EARNS SECOND CAREER TOP FUEL POLE, QUALIFIES NO. 1 AT ENGLISHTOWN FOR THIRD TIME ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 21, 2008) -- Antron Brown, a native of Chesterfield, N.J., grew up just 30 minutes from historic Old Bridge Township Raceway Park....
BROWN EARNS SECOND CAREER TOP FUEL POLE, QUALIFIES NO. 1 AT ENGLISHTOWN FOR THIRD TIME
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 21, 2008) -- Antron Brown, a native of Chesterfield, N.J., grew up just 30 minutes from historic Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. The 32-year-old Top Fuel racer put on a great qualifying performance at his hometown track as Brown drove his Matco Tools dragster to the No. 1 qualifying position Saturday afternoon at Raceway Park with an elapsed time of 4.502-seconds.
After dazzling his hometown fans on Friday evening with a run of 4.502 seconds at 326.24 mph which placed the Matco Tools dragster on the provisional pole, Brown continued to impress as the Garden State native clocked low elapsed time of Saturday's first qualifying session. The 18-time NHRA winner used a tune-up from crew chief Lee Beard to power the Matco Tools/Valvoline rail to a run of 4.639 at 320.66 mph. It also was the fastest pass of the session. On his final attempt of the weekend, Brown powered to a run of 4.656 at 316.38 to clock the second quickest elapsed time of the session. His teammate, Hot Rod Fuller, was the quickest of the final qualifying session at 4.609-seconds.
The two David Powers Motorsports dragsters of Brown and Fuller were the two quickest cars during both sessions of Saturday's qualifying at Raceway Park. It was Brown's second career Top Fuel pole (Pomona 1 2008 -- 4.495 seconds) and 13th No. 1 qualifier of his career. Brown has qualified fourth or better at the last five races. He has now qualified for 156 consecutive races, the second longest professional qualifying streak (Angelle Sampey). It was Beard's 59th career pole. He has tuned eight different drivers to the No. 1 qualifying position in Top Fuel and Funny Car.
"Today just shows how the emotions can swing in this sport," Brown said. "We just want to send our condolences to the entire Kalitta family. For our race team and Matco Tools, it's been a blessing being here at the home track at Englishtown to get the No. 1 spot for all our Matco distributors and in front of so many friends and family. We're going to go out on Sunday and take things one round at a time and try to get both of our David Powers cars in the final round."
Brown will face off against five-time Top Fuel winner J.R. Todd in the opening round of Top Fuel eliminations at 11 a.m. (ET) on Sunday at Raceway Park. The two African-American racers have yet to meet during eliminations this season. Brown has a round record of 18-8 in 10 races with wins at Houston and Atlanta. He ranks second in the POWERade Top Fuel standings.