FRIDAY'S RACING ACTION AT ST. LOUIS CANCELED DUE TO RAIN MADISON, Ill. (May 1, 2009) - April showers brought more showers on the first day of May 2009, forcing NHRA officials to cancel Friday's professional racing activies at Gateway...
FRIDAY'S RACING ACTION AT ST. LOUIS CANCELED DUE TO RAIN
MADISON, Ill. (May 1, 2009) - April showers brought more showers on the first day of May 2009, forcing NHRA officials to cancel Friday's professional racing activies at Gateway International Raceway. Antron Brown and his Mike Ashley-owned DirecTV/Matco Tools Top Fuel team will have to wait until Saturday to qualify for the 13th annual O'Reilly Midwest Nationals. Brown set the G.I.R. track speed record in qualifying last year at 331.94 mph.
"Mother Nature just continues to hover above us with a black cloud it seems like this season," Brown said. "We just can't catch a break with the weather. Oh well, theres's nothing we can do about it except hang out and have fun with all the great fans who came out to Gateway today. We had an awesome autograph session and signed for about 45 mintues and the line was still long. It looked like people waiting to get on a ride at Disneyland. I just hope we'll luck out with the weather so we can get this DirecTV/Matco car out on the race track on Saturday."
Brown, a 19-time NHRA winner, trails six-time Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher by 39 points entering the seventh of 24 races on the 2009 NHRA schedule. Brown, a former college track star at Mercer (N.J.) College, has one win (Phoenix), a runner-up finish (Pomona 1) and two No. 1 qualifying awards (Pomona 1 and Houston) in six races this season.
Professional nitro qualifying is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 12:30 and 3 p.m. (CT) at Gateway. Top Fuel will run first followed by Funny Car. Brown qualified in the No. 4 position (4.517 at 331.94) last year at the St. Louis NHRA race before falling to Doug Kalitta in the quarterfinals. MAR team owner Mike Ashley holds the track mark in Funny Car at 331.77 mph (2007). Brown's only final round appearance at Gateway came in 2005 when he fell to teammate Angelle Sampey in the Pro Stock Motorcycle final.