Norwalk: Antron Brown Saturday notes

BROWN RACES MATCO TOOLS RAIL TO NO. 6 SPOT AT NORWALK NORWALK, Ohio (June 27, 2008) -- Antron Brown drove his David Powers-owned Matco Tools dragster to the No. 6 qualifying position Saturday afternoon at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports...

BROWN RACES MATCO TOOLS RAIL TO NO. 6 SPOT AT NORWALK

NORWALK, Ohio (June 27, 2008) -- Antron Brown drove his David Powers-owned Matco Tools dragster to the No. 6 qualifying position Saturday afternoon at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park. With just two qualifying sessions to set the 16-car field, Brown drove his Matco-backed rail to a 4.652-second elapsed time to earn the No. 6 qualifying position at the second annual Norwalk NHRA race.

After losing the opening day of qualifying due to water seepage on the Summit Racing Motorsports Park quarter mile, Brown's bright blue Matco Tools dragster lost traction at mid-track on Saturday's first attempt as the two-time Top Fuel winner raced to a run of 5.425 seconds at 193.90 mph. In an ugly qualifying session, it was the fifth quickest pass of the round. Brown upped his mark on his final qualifying attempt when the 18-time NHRA winner used Lee Beard horsepower to clock a run of 4.652 at 291.51 to finish sixth in the order. It is the second time Brown will start sixth this season (Las Vegas 1). Brown has two poles this season, including the Englishtown, N.J. race last weekend (4.502-seconds).

"It's always a challenge when you have just two runs, but my Matco crew is the best," Brown said. "Lee Beard and my guys did an awesome job getting me down the track on that second pass and we got into the top half of the field. We're on the opposite side of the ladder from Hot Rod (Fuller), so hopefully we can get these two David Powers cars in the final round."

He will face off against young driver Steve Torrence in the opening round of Top Fuel eliminations at 11 a.m. (ET) on Sunday at Norwalk. Torrence made his 2008 Top Fuel debut last weekend in Englishtown, N.J. They have yet to meet during eliminations. Brown's teammate, Rod Fuller, earned the pole with a run of 4.629-seconds at Norwalk.

-credit: dpm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Rod Fuller , Steve Torrence