Don Schumacher Racing press release
ANTRON BROWN DRIVES HOTTEST HOT ROD ONTO zMAX DRAGWAY TO BEGIN PLAYOFFS
CONCORD, N.C., September 12, 2011 – A hungry Antron Brown charges onto zMAX Dragway here outside Charlotte aboard the certifiably hot Aaron’s Dream Machine/Matco Tools Top Fuel dragster with a single goal for this weekend’s fourth-annual NHRA Nationals – to begin the march to a championship.
“We’re coming to Charlotte in really good shape,” said the 35-year-old Don Schumacher Racing driver who won the regular-season finale in Indianapolis to sew up second place in the standings for the start of the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Countdown to the Championship. “But we have something to prove. We’re hungry, hungry for a championship and this week’s race is the first one (of six) in the playoffs.
“What we did in Indy, was Indy. What we did in Brainerd (the previous race, also a win), was Brainerd. We’re still starving as we take on zMAX. Larry Dixon has three championships, we have none. Tony Schumacher, our teammate, has seven, we have none. They want to beat me, as does Del (Worsham, points leader) and my other teammate Spencer (Massey, third in the points) – and the feeling is mutual.
“We’re really hungry and won’t be satisfied till we have that title.”
Brown’s resume in the last five races includes three wins (Sonoma, Brainerd and Indianapolis) and two semifinal-round appearances. In addition, he moved from fourth to second in the standings and en route defeated Worsham four times, Schumacher twice (with a loss) and Dixon once. He lost to Massey in their lone meeting.
The New Jersey native’s solid season includes five wins, a runner-up finish, four semifinals and six quarterfinal appearances – no first-round defeats.
“We’ve had some great performances this year, but we are striving for overall excellence,” he explained. “And that is what it will take to win the championship. Make no mistake, we like winning Wallys, which makes us feel good, and we have five, a huge accomplishment, but the real prize is the large trophy given to the champ.
“Our team comes to Charlotte peaking at the right time. In a lot of races we lost by beating ourselves, by smoking the tires. Often, we were the fastest car in the previous round. But now we are racing smarter and not doing things like that. We’ve really jelled as a team.”
Brown’s trips to North Carolina for this race have been a mixed bag – three top three qualifiers followed by a final-round, a quarterfinal and last-year’s first-round exit.
“I don’t worry about the race track; I am only concerned with how we are working as a team – and that’s been very good, obviously,” he said. “We’ve done well here in the past and expect to do the same now.
“We’re in attack mode; we’ve got something to prove.”