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KENT, Wash. - After struggling at his past two races, NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster driver Kevin Brown hopes to return to the near record breaking performance he experienced earlier in the year during this weekend's Prolong Northwest Nationals ...

KENT, Wash. - After struggling at his past two races, NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster driver Kevin Brown hopes to return to the near record breaking performance he experienced earlier in the year during this weekend's Prolong Northwest Nationals presented by Napa Auto Parts at Seattle International Raceway just outside of Seattle. Brown has run as quick as 5.31 seconds down the quarter mile this year, and hopes that this weekend's projected cool racing conditions will help him get back into that performance zone.

Brown, who runs a classic car restoration shop in Clearfield, Utah, lost in the second round at his last race, a divisional event in Sonoma, Calif., three weeks ago. Brown and his team have not been idle in their downtime, however. Rather, they have been working diligently to find the cause to their problems of late, and believe they may have the solution this weekend.

"Sonoma was obviously a very hot track and had hot conditions," said Brown. "I believe with the overcast skies and what they are projecting as far as weather for this weekend, I think we have a pretty good shot. We've been struggling. We find a few things here and there every time, though. If you aren't learning something every time, you're either dead or the champion. I feel that we have just as good a shot as anybody else to do quite well here."

"I think we have found the problems that this car has had the last few races," continued Brown. "I don't know what it will run, but I would like to get my old 5.40 race car back. Maybe even head into the 5.30's, but at this point, we would be happy just to run some good numbers again."

Looking at the second half of the season, Brown and team hope to put their struggles of late behind them, and put together a run towards a strong national points finish.

"We're going to be limited this year for the second half," stated Brown. "I am running this deal out of our own pocket. We haven't found any corporate backing yet. I would really like to do the Brainerd-Indy swing, and maybe hit Dallas, too. I still think we can be a potential player if we can get a handle back on this car. If we can do that, I still feel strongly that we can have a top 20 finish, maybe better. That's what we are shooting for."

Qualifying begins on Friday for the Federal Mogul Dragsters, starting at 1 p.m. and another session at 4 p.m. Stay tuned to InsideFMRacing.com for the latest news in the world of Federal Mogul Racing.

-JokersWildRacing.com.

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