Don Schumacher Racing press release
ANTRON BROWN GRABS PROVISIONAL POLE FOR THE 57TH-ANNUAL U.S. NATIONALS
INDIANAPOLIS, September 3, 2011 – Antron Brown took advantage of improving track conditions this evening to blast his Matco Tools Top Fuel dragster into the provisional number-one starting position after three rounds of qualifying here for Monday’s 57th-annual U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil.
Rapidly cooling air and track temperatures allowed the nitro teams to step up their runs down the strip of Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in tonight’s third-qualifying session. The Don Schumacher Racing teams jumped into the top-three spots, led by Brown’s 3.818-second lap at 322.96 miles per hour.
“I hit the throttle, the car settled into the groove and I was stuck on easy street,” said the 35-year-old New Jersey native. “This Matco Tools dragster was a dream to drive tonight, especially after we had battled a slippery track with its temperature above 130 both yesterday and earlier today.
“Mark and Brian (Oswald and Corradi, co-crew chiefs) saw how well the other cars were getting down the track as the conditions improved, and, since we were already solidly in sixth, had the confidence to step it up.”
DSR teammate Tony Schumacher had already posted his 3.856-second pass at 320.36 mph before Brown’s run and Spencer Massey ran alongside Brown while registering his 3.875 run at 319.37 mph in the third DSR dragster.
“Our confidence is that much higher because we know we have the DSR power behind us,” added Brown. “Considering the weather forecast is for cooler conditions tomorrow (two more qualifying sessions) and Monday, we believe we can go even faster.
“We are definitely not going to slow down!’
Should he hold onto the pole for Monday’s race, it would be his second of the year, 28th of his career and second at the U.S. Nationals, a race he has won twice (both riding a Pro Stock Motorcycle).
“This is the U.S. Nationals, the biggest and longest (five qualifying sessions, instead of the usual four) race; it will kick your butt,” he said. “And we want it bad!”