Antron Brown on Las Vegas 2 "We're amped to get back to racing and at Las Vegas. The Strip (at LVMS) is an awesome facility and we're ready to make some waves after the way our car ran at Reading (Pa.). We got back to our old way of going...
Antron Brown on Las Vegas 2
"We're amped to get back to racing and at Las Vegas. The Strip (at LVMS) is an awesome facility and we're ready to make some waves after the way our car ran at Reading (Pa.). We got back to our old way of going rounds and ran some numbers with the best cars in the class. We want to get a win before this 2010 season is over and hopefully we can bring it home at (Las) Vegas."
Brian Corradi (crew chief) on Las Vegas 2
"We're very happy with the way the car performed at the last race at Reading. We were very consistent and the car ran some good numbers too. Antron (Brown) did a great job driving the car and we're excited about Las Vegas. We're confident we can go some rounds and maybe get a win for Matco (Tools)."
Antron Brown Las Vegas 2 NHRA Notebook
Three weeks ago at Reading, Pa., Brown qualified the Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster sixth at 3.863-seconds. It was the 19th time in 21 races this season that he has qualified in top half of the 16-car order. On race day, he bested Clay Millican and DSR teammate and seven-time champion Tony Schumacher before falling to DSR teammate and FRAM driver Cory McClenathan in the semifinals. It was the first time that Brown has advanced passed the second round of eliminations since the Seattle race in July. He has a mark of 30-21 this season.
Brown has never reached the winner's circle at The Strip at LVMS. In 13 tries at the Bruton Smith-owned track, the former college track star has two runner-up finishes, one in Pro Stock Motorcycle (2001) and one in Top Fuel (2008 spring) race. Brown has an average qualifying position of six in his career at LVMS. This April at LVMS, Brown earned his 23rd career pole by pacing the field with a Friday blast of 3.881 seconds at 316.60 mph. In five Top Fuel races at The Strip, Brown's average starting position is 2.8.
Brown, who won a category-best six races last season, enters the penultimate race on the 2010 NHRA schedule ranked seventh in the Countdown to 1 standings. He trails two-time champion Larry Dixon by 269 points. Brown has six final-round appearances this season (Gainesville, Charlotte 1, Houston, Englishtown, Norwalk and Seattle) and five No. 1 qualifiers (Gainesville, Las Vegas 1, Topeka, Bristol and Denver). Last year, Brown had 10 finals and seven poles. His average qualifying position in 21 races this year is 4.62.