MOHNTON, Pa. (Oct. 2, 2015) – Antron Brown will debut the fourth edition of the Matco Tools’ “Tools for the Cause” Top Fuel dragster this weekend at Maple Grove Raceway near Reading, Pa., to open the third race in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship playoff.
Brown and the Matco Tools team, led by crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Mark Oswald, will champion the pink dragster that includes 262 names of those affected by breast cancer submitted by Matco Tools distributors, employees and field personnel.
Matco’s Tools for the Cause “Wrench Ribbon” (as seen above) will adorn the sides of the car and feature the submitted names. Brown will continue to drive the Tools for the Cause dragster this month in Dallas (Oct. 16-18) and Las Vegas (Oct. 30-Nov.1) to raise awareness and funds for Susan G. Komen® during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Currently, Brown is the series points leader in Top Fuel and riding a two-race winning streak.
Among the 262 names on the dragster will be that of Brown’s mother-in-law Linda, a breast cancer survivor.
“October is a very important month in our series because it’s right in the middle of our Countdown (to the Championship) playoff, as well as Breast Cancer Awareness month,” Brown said. “My mother-in-law is a breast cancer survivor, so this cause is very close to my family. I am so honored to take the names of 262 fighters down the track with me this month.”
As of August 2015, Matco’s Tools for the Cause program has raised more than $600,000 for Susan G. Komen and Matco remains focused on raising money to aid in the fight against breast cancer.
“Matco’s Tools for the Cause program is something our company is very proud of,” said John Green, Matco Tools vice president of marketing and e-commerce. “Breast cancer is something that has touched many of our distributors, employees and customers, and we’re very grateful that we have been able to contribute to an organization that supports such a great cause.”
Brown and the Matco Tools Top Fuel team first featured the first pink color scheme on its Matco dragster in October 2012 when they set the former NHRA elapsed time record of 3.701 seconds at Maple Grove. This record lap helped vault Brown to the 2012 NHRA Top Fuel World championship. Last October, Brown put the Tools for the Cause dragster in the winner’s circle in Las Vegas.