Antron Brown on Pomona 2 "We're excited to get to Pomona and defend our win there from last year. We ran pretty good at (Las) Vegas a few weeks back and had a bad break in the semifinals. I'm confident that with some good fortune on our side, that...
Antron Brown on Pomona 2
"We're excited to get to Pomona and defend our win there from last year. We ran pretty good at (Las) Vegas a few weeks back and had a bad break in the semifinals. I'm confident that with some good fortune on our side, that we can get back to the final round and have a strong finish to the season."
Brian Corradi (crew chief) on Pomona 2
"We had some good success at Pomona and hope to continue that. We're happy the way the tune-up of the race car is progressing and we hope to qualify well and go some rounds on race day. It would be great if we could win the (Auto Club) Finals again and finish fourth."
Antron Brown Pomona 2 NHRA Notebook
Two weeks ago at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Brown qualified his Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster in the No. 10 position at 3.911-seconds. It was only the third time this season that Brown has qualified in the bottom half of the 16-car field. On race day, he defeated T.J. Zizzo and Mark Mariani before falling to upstart Dom Lagana in the semifinals. Brown's second straight semifinal finish moved him to fourth in the Top Fuel standings.
Last November at the Auto Club Finals, Brown qualified his Matco Tools car fourth at 3.813 seconds at 316.15 mph. On race day, he knocked off Ers Urbacher, Brandon Bernstein, Tony Schumacher and 2009 NHRA Rookie of the Year Spencer Massey in the final round to score his category-best sixth win of the year. Brown carded a winning run of 3.801 at 316.90 to defeat Massey, who fouled at the start.
Brown is a two-time winner at the historic Southern California drag strip. He scored his third career Pro Stock Motorcycle win at the 1999 Auto Club Finals when he knocked off Craig Treble in the final round. He is the defending event champion of the NHRA season-finale defeating Spencer Massey last November. Brown has two career No. 1 qualifiers at the Pomona track, both in Top Fuel at the Winternationals. In 16 career races at Pomona, his average starting position is 6.13.
Brown, who won a category-best six races last season, enters the final race on the 2010 NHRA schedule ranked fourth in the Countdown to 1 standings. He trails two-time champion Larry Dixon by 255 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 22 races this year is 4.86.