STARTING EARLY IN HOUSTON!
Greetings NHRA.com Nitroholics! I’m in Indy and getting ready to head down south to Texas on Wednesday morning, and I mean early. My flight leaves before 6 a.m.
We are coming off a strong outing in Charlotte where DSR finished 1-2-3 in the Top Fuel class. We’re also 1-2-3 in the Top Fuel standings with my two teammates ahead of me by a few points. Let’s see if we can’t put this Matco team back atop the standings and the place of my first Top Fuel win. Houston will always be special to me for that reason, 2008.
The Brown family has been keeping busy. After Vegas, we went to Cave City, Ky.,and had a blast. My oldest son, Anson, was fascinated by the caves and we even hit up Dinosaur World while we were there too. It was a fun learning experience for everyone, including me. We even rode horses….let’s just say I’m used to a little more than one horsepower. It was a great Spring Break trip for the Brown’s and we didn’t have to get on an airplane or drive for days.
On Saturday morning at Charlotte in the DSR hospitality area we hosted a charity breakfast for Speedway Children’s Charities and Doug Herbert’s organization, B.R.A.K.E.S. I can’t say I’m great at flipping pancakes but it was a lot of fun. I told everyone that if I wasn’t already married to my wonderful wife and had my three kids, that John Force better watch out ‘cause I’d be after Courtney. LOL Baby, that was a joke baby. That got Force’s attention and then he took over the microphone. Imagine that! We had a lot of fun and John says he might even be my real father. LOL We need to thank everyone who came out to support such a good cause. It can’t be a bad thing to piggyback of John’s fame, right?
We qualified third for the Four-Wide Nationals, but that doesn’t mean we had it easy. The opening round was against my teammate Spencer Massey, Morgan Lucas and Hillary Will. Talk about a tough way to start the day. It was the Nos. 1-2-3 in the points squaring off in the first round. That’s just crazy. Both Spencer and I advanced out of the opening round and went on to win the next quad as well.
Doug Kalitta was in a Don Schumacher Racing sandwich in the final quad against Spencer Massey, Tony Schumacher and myself. DSR came up 1-2-3 in the end and that was pretty cool to see. Have to give it up to those FRAM boys, they are on fire with three wins and that jaw-dropping 332-mph speed in that final. Spencer roared by me at halftrack like I was standing still. That was impressive. I’m not sure who’s No. 1 on NHRA’s hot list, Spencer or Robert Hight. Both of those guys are on fire.
I’ve been hitting the gym hard with my wife, Billie, and chilling out around the house. My daughter Arianna was in a play, Aladdin, over the weekend and I’m very proud of her. She’s a natural on the stage. I wonder where she gets it from?
I head into Houston on Wednesday for a U.S. Army school visit and then our annual Thursday night Matco Tools track dinner with my boy and Matco distributor Bryan Robinson and the “Off The Chain” racing team. Brian beat cancer and he has a great cause and you can learn more on Facebook.
If you’re on my Twitter (@AntronBrownTF) or Facebook page (Antron Brown – Top Fuel Pilot) you probably saw me answering fan questions last week. There were some great technical questions and some funny ones too. We have a lot of fun doing stuff like that, so look for more of that later this year. We started doing DSR driver social media chats, so check out @shoeracing on Twitter for more info and to see who will chat with you fans at Houston this weekend.