Don Schumacher Racing press release
Antron Brown rolls to fifth victory of season at the 57th-Annual U.S. Nationals
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Sept. 5, 2011 – Antron Brown, aboard his Matco Tools Top Fuel dragster, banked his fifth win of the year today in the 57th-annual U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil here at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
The New Jersey native disposed of point-leader Del Worsham in the finals with a 3.813-second pass at 321.73 miles per hour. It was his first U.S. Nationals Top Fuel victory to go along with two wins from his Pro Stock Motorcycle days.
We accomplished our goal here today – to win the race and hold on to second.
“I’m speechless right now,” said the 35-year-old Don Schumacher Racing driver. “This really is incredible. Winning twice in motorcycles was great, but it is particularly special to do it in Top Fuel and on drag racing’s biggest stage. This is the most prestigious race on the schedule.”
After capturing the pole with a 3.818-second lap at 322.96 mph, Brown had to negotiate his way around a trio of tough opponents before having a shot at Worsham. He initially took out Shawn Langdon and then proceeded to beat Doug Kalitta and defending world champion, Larry Dixon, in succession.
“None of those races were easy by any means,” offered Brown. “With Dixon and Worsham, I had two bullets being fired at me today by the Al-Anabi team. It’s tough enough to beat one of those guys on a given race day, never mind both of them. But, my Matco Tools team rose to the occasion and got the job done. I’m really proud of those guys.”
With his 30th-career victory (Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycles combined), Brown locked up second-place in the standings heading into the first race of the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship.
When the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series hits zMAX Dragway in Charlotte, N.C., September 15-18, for the fourth-annual NHRA Nationals, Brown will begin the six-race playoff 30 points in back of Worsham.
“We accomplished our goal here today – to win the race and hold on to second,” said Brown. “Now, it’s time to get down to business in the Countdown. We are going to have to remain focused because the competition is going to get that much tougher. Trust me -- everyone will be bringing their ‘A’ game to the party.”