Kevin Brown Saturday notes

SONOMA, Calif. - In drag racing, a driver's main goal is to win his race or 'get the win light.' Whether it's a world record run, or a slow run, if the driver wins the round, it was a success. Case in point, NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster driver...

SONOMA, Calif. - In drag racing, a driver's main goal is to win his race or 'get the win light.' Whether it's a world record run, or a slow run, if the driver wins the round, it was a success. Case in point, NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster driver Kevin Brown's first round win during this weekend's NHRA Division 7 Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series event at Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. In Saturday's first round, Brown defeated Daryl Hitchman with an off-pace 6.29 second elapsed time at 221 mph to Hitchman's trailing 6.50 at 168 mph. Not exactly what the team had hoped for, but mission accomplished for that round.

Brown, from Clearfield, Utah, qualified his "Joker's Wild" A/Fuel Dragster ninth with a 5.841 at 223.61 mph. In his first round race with Hitchman, both drivers smoked the tires and were forced to pedal the car several times. Brown came away the victor of the pedal contest, and advances to round two.

"It was a little bit of a smoke-fest," said Brown. "I was on and off the throttle a half dozen times. It was whoever was quicker on the pedal, and whoever dropped cylinders later than the other. We was lucky enough to take the stripe [win] on that one."

In today's quarterfinals, he will face the Top Fuel points leader Kenny Bernstein's son, Brandon. Bernstein was the No. 1 qualifier, and Brown plans to step it up for the 'Bud Prince.'

"Now we have Bernstein, and if we get by him, my prediction is that we will have Mr. [Brandon] Henkelman," Brown commented. "We've thrown everything we got in the trailer at it, so if we come up lucky again, so be it, if not, we've still had a good weekend."

"I've pretty much thrown everything that I know and can do to this car," continued Brown. "My crew stayed up until 1:30 last night getting this thing dialed in and ready to rock. If the track will hold what we're trying to do, we should be right along side of him at the top end. If the track won't hold it, obviously, we won't. [Jerry] Darien's group [Bernstein] has been very, very strong this weekend, so I just hope like hell I can get close to the performance they have been running this weekend. I know the car has it in it, it's just trying to find it is the problem."

Final eliminations will start today at noon. Stay tuned to InsideFMRacing.com for the latest news and results from the world of Federal Mogul racing.

-JokersWildRacing.com.

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