Antron Brown Challenging The Motorcycle Champions MADISON, Ill. - Matt Hines and Angelle Savoie know they will be battling each other over the course of the year for the NHRA Winston Pro Stock Motorcycle title. This season another rider has ...
Antron Brown Challenging The Motorcycle Champions
MADISON, Ill. - Matt Hines and Angelle Savoie know they will be battling each other over the course of the year for the NHRA Winston Pro Stock Motorcycle title.
This season another rider has accepted the challenge of taking on the two competitors who have combined for the last four series titles.
Antron Brown is not going to let this points chase become a two-rider race. Brown, from Chesterfield, N.J., is becoming a dominant force in the two-wheel category. In his fourth year of competition, Brown has finished in the top 10 in the Winston standings each season that he has competed and has firmly established himself as a serious threat for the championship. Brown has already collected two wins this year in five events for his category, and set a national record for elapsed time by speeding down the quarter-mile in 7.103 seconds atop his Team 23 Suzuki.
Brown will look to make another move to the top when he goes for his third win of the year at the fifth annual Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals, June 21-24, at Gateway International Raceway. The $1.9 million race is the 12th of 24 events in the $50 million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series.
"When we started off the year we just wanted to stay close to everybody," said the 25-year-old Brown. "We just wanted to go rounds because rounds are very important. I just want to at least make the semis at every race and stay real consistent. That's what got Matt to where he is right now. He has been in every final round this year except in Chicago and that's why he has the points lead."
Consistency is the key to any championship and Brown realizes there are many worthy challengers out there that are capable of outstanding performances. Already this season the four quickest times and the three fastest speeds in the history of the category have been achieved.
"The class is getting tougher and everyone is running stronger," said Brown. "Second round match-ups are like final rounds now. The season is so long that it is too early to be talking about the (standings). We just have to take it round by round and race by race and see where it comes out in the end."
Recently married, Brown managed to weave together his personal life and his professional racing career. He married Savoie's cousin, making the two competitive riders family. Destined to meet in competition, Brown earned his second win of 2001 against Savoie in Chicago.
"Family or no family, I don't care who is in the other lane," said Brown. "I don't even know who is in the other lane when I'm racing. I'm going to go out there and hammer them as hard as I can. I want to chop their head off on the tree. Come final round, it doesn't matter who is in the other lane. At the other end of the track they are going to kick me in the sand just like I am going to kick them in the sand."