Gainesville: Antron Brown preview

Antron Brown on Gainesville "My spirits are riding high to get to Gainesville. I'm looking forward to getting back to Gainesville Raceway which is where we had our first full test session with our Matco Tools team. My confidence is riding high...

Antron Brown on Gainesville

"My spirits are riding high to get to Gainesville. I'm looking forward to getting back to Gainesville Raceway which is where we had our first full test session with our Matco Tools team. My confidence is riding high after our first two races knowing that our team is getting stronger with each race. It's time to go out and win some rounds at one of our biggest races on the schedule."

Lee Beard (crew chief) on Gainesville

"Our performance has been outstanding during qualifying and early rounds. Our consistency on race day is what we're really looking to improve upon. We just need to change our outlook on things and work on race day consistency. It's a really good facility, they have great crowds, the race has a great traditional following."

Brown Gainesville Notebook

Brown is a 10-year veteran of the historic Gainesville quarter mile. The 16-time NHRA winner made his professional debut at Gainesville Raceway in 1998. Brown's Suzuki was disqualified for bad fuel. It is the only did not qualify (DNQ) of his career. He earned the pole at the 2001 Gatornationals with a pass of 7.208 seconds at 188.94 mph. He also was runner-up to former teammate Angelle Sampy in 2006.

Brown earned his 12th career pole by pacing the field at the season-opening Winternationals in February with a run of 4.495 seconds. He has posted quarterfinal finishes at the first two races of the 2008 season. Brown qualified the Matco Tools dragster fifth three weeks ago at the Phoenix race. He enters the Gatornationals ranked sixth in the NHRA Top Fuel standings and trails teammate Rod Fuller by 12 points. Brown became the eighth different driver that veteran crew chief Lee Beard has tuned to the pole award. It was Beard's 56th No. 1 qualifier.

Brown posted the quickest pass of his PSM career last March at Gainesville Raceway, 6.930 seconds, during qualifying.

Last season, Brown raced his U.S. Army Suzuki to a 10th place finish in the PSM standings. It was his 10th consecutive finish in the top 10.

Brown was named driver of the Matco Tools dragster during the Auto Club Finals last November.

Brown has qualified for 146 consecutive NHRA events. He hasn't missed the cut since the Gainesville race in 1998 after being disqualified for bad fuel at his first career event. It is the second longest qualifying streak in the professional ranks (Angelle Sampey--166).

-credit: dpm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Rod Fuller , Angelle Sampey