Las Vegas II: Antron Brown preview

Antron Brown on Las Vegas "We're geared up and ready to go. I'm excited about getting to (Las) Vegas and building on our momentum from Richmond. That was a great race for us to get back in the thick of this title race in the Countdown (to 1) and...

Antron Brown on Las Vegas
"We're geared up and ready to go. I'm excited about getting to (Las) Vegas and building on our momentum from Richmond. That was a great race for us to get back in the thick of this title race in the Countdown (to 1) and we need to keep that going. Our MAR Matco Tools dragster is running great and we need to have another strong showing so we have a shot to win the title at Pomona (Calif.). We've had a lot of success at LVMS, now we just need to get the win."

Antron Brown Las Vegas NHRA Notebook
Three weeks ago at Richmond, Va., Brown qualified his Matco Tools dragster fifth. The 23-time NHRA winner clocked his second quickest pass of the season at 3.797-seconds at a blistering 319.60 mph speed. The speed reset the NHRA national record that Brown previously held at 319.22 mph. The five-time winner in 2009 experienced a rebound performance advancing to his ninth final-round appearance of the season. Brown was defeated in the final by Brandon Bernstein when the Matco Tools dragster smoked the tires.

In three Top Fuel appearances at The Strip at LVMS, Brown has advanced to at least the semifinals. In his first Top Fuel race at The Strip, Brown posted a runner-up finish to 31-time winner Cory McClenathan, 4.654 to 4.703. Last fall at the Las Vegas Nationals, Brown qualified second at 3.812 seconds at 315.49 mph. He advanced to the semifinals before falling to then teammate Hot Rod Fuller. This April at the spring Las Vegas race, Brown qualified second at 3.878-seconds and went to the semis before smoking the tires against Bernstein. Brown is a two-time finalist at the Las Vegas track (2001, '08). His average qualifying position at The Strip at LVMS is 6.72 in 11 tries at the Bruton Smith-owned track and 3.33 in three Top Fuel races.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Brandon Bernstein , Rod Fuller