Antron Brown on Topeka "Our DSR Matco Tools team has been struggling lately, but we're making progress with our new race car and we're ready to break out. We ran great at Topeka last year at Heartland Park by getting the pole and that's our goal...
Antron Brown on Topeka
"Our DSR Matco Tools team has been struggling lately, but we're making progress with our new race car and we're ready to break out. We ran great at Topeka last year at Heartland Park by getting the pole and that's our goal again. To return to our consistent form and make four good qualifying laps and take each round one by one on race day and try to get back to another final round."
Brian Corradi (crew chief) on Topeka
"We've taken some lumps lately, but this will only make our team stronger. We've struggled with this new race car, but we're making strides. We ran well at Topeka last year qualifying first and we're going to go out and try to do that again and hopefully have a good rebound race for Antron and Matco."
Antron Brown Topeka NHRA Notebook
Last weekend at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga., Brown qualified his Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster sixth at 3.940 seconds at 275.84 mph. Brown was defeated in the opening round of eliminations for just the second time this season by part-time Ohio racer Pat Dakin, 4.000 to 4.002.
Last May at Heartland Park, Brown earned his third No. 1 qualifying award of the 2009 NHRA season by racing to the pole with a Friday-evening blast of 3.841 seconds at 315.71 mph to pace the Top Fuel field. On race day, Brown advanced to the second round after earning a bye run in the opening round. He then fell to Top Fuel rookie Shawn Langdon in a close race, 4.034 to 4.044.
Brown has just two career starts at Heartland Park. He spent 10 seasons in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class which doesn't compete at the Topeka race. Brown has an average qualifying position of 2.5 in his two starts at the Topeka track.