ANTRON BROWN MOVES TO FOURTH IN COUNTDOWN TO 1 STANDINGS SUNDAY AT LAS VEGAS LAS VEGAS (Oct. 31, 2010) - Antron Brown raced his Don Schumacher-owned Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster to a semifinal finish Sunday afternoon at The Strip at Las Vegas...
ANTRON BROWN MOVES TO FOURTH IN COUNTDOWN TO 1 STANDINGS SUNDAY AT LAS VEGAS
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 31, 2010) - Antron Brown raced his Don Schumacher-owned Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster to a semifinal finish Sunday afternoon at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The 24-time winner also jumped to fourth in the Countdown to 1 standings.
Brown, who qualified 10th on a Saturday after an oil-filled day of delayed racing action at The Strip at LVMS, Brown bested Chicagoland racer T.J. Zizzo and first-time starter Mark Mariani before falling in a close match to part-timer Dom Lagana in the semifinals.
Squaring off against Zizzo for the second time this season, Brown used a starting line advantage to power to the holeshot win behind the wheel of the Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster. Brown clocked a lap of 3.896 seconds at 309.91 mph to edge Zizzo's quicker, but losing run of 3.887 at 306.40. Brown is now 2-0 against the part-time runner this season and 2-1 in three career races. It was his second straight opening round win by holeshot and his 10th career holeshot win in Top Fuel.
In round two, Brown was matched-up against Mariani, who was making his first career NHRA start. Brown used a stout .066 of-a-second reaction time to race the Matco Tools rail to the wire-to-wire win. The former college track star posted a lap of 3.875 at 318.09 to advance to the semifinals for the second straight race. Mariani trailed with a lap of 4.001 at 302.28. It was Brown's 340th career round win.
Racing in semifinals for the ninth time this season, Brown used the jump out of the starting gate to race to the early lead, but his bright blue Matco Tools car dropped a cylinder and slowed to a run of 3.951 at 283.13. The slower elapsed time allowed Lagana to drive by for the win with a lap of 3.892 at 312.06 to advance to his first career final round. Brown now has a mark of 32-22 in 54 rounds this season.
"That was a tough one to lose; we were hoping to get to another final round," Brown said. "Our car was improving each round after struggling in qualifying and for some reason we dropped a hole. We moved to fourth in the standings and it would be great if we can keep all of these DSR cars in the top four in the standings."
The next NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event is the 46th annual Auto Club Finals, Nov. 11-14, at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. Brown is the defending event champion of the Pomona Finals.