St. Louis: Antron Brown Saturday notes

AND DOWN THE STRETCH...BIG (ANTRON) BROWN ROARS TO TRACK SPEED RECORD AT GATEWAY MADISON, Ill. (May 3, 2008) -- Similar to Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown, Antron Brown's Matco Tools dragster came on strong in the later part of the drag strip ...

AND DOWN THE STRETCH...BIG (ANTRON) BROWN ROARS TO TRACK SPEED RECORD AT GATEWAY

MADISON, Ill. (May 3, 2008) -- Similar to Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown, Antron Brown's Matco Tools dragster came on strong in the later part of the drag strip Saturday afternoon at Gateway International Raceway as the 18-time NHRA winner set a track speed record at 331.94 mph. Brown qualified the Matco Tools dragster fourth with a performance of 4.517-seconds.

Brown, a two-time winner this season, including last Sunday in Commerce, Ga., qualified the Matco Tools/iLocate GPS dragster in the top half of the field for the fifth time this season. Brown entered the day sitting second in the 16-car order after racing the bright blue Matco-backed dragster to a run of 4.521 at 328.86 on Friday evening. On his only attempt on Saturday afternoon, Brown erased the two-year-old track speed mark (330.55 mph -- Doug Kalitta) by using Lee Beard horsepower to clock a pass of 4.517 at 331.94 in the Matco Tools/Go Fast dragster. Brown earned top speed of the meet honors last Sunday at Atlanta Dragway (330.47 mph). He has advanced to the final round at the last three events, winning at Houston and Atlanta.

"Lee (Beard) had her hopped up; that was a strong run," Brown said. "I felt like Big Brown cruising down the backstretch at Churchill Downs running that 331 mph on that last pass. This Matco Tools team continues to give me a great race car. That run was second quick of the session and we continue to put some big speeds on the board. Brandon (Bernstein) will be tough, but they're all tough out here in Top Fuel."

Brown will face off against No. 13 qualifier Brandon Bernstein in the opening round of Top Fuel eliminations at 11 a.m. (CT) on Sunday. They have yet to meet during eliminations this season.

-credit: dpm

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Series NHRA
Drivers Antron Brown , Doug Kalitta , Brandon Bernstein