BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Sept. 28. 2016) – For the fifth year, Antron Brown will drive Don Schumacher Racing’s “Tools for the Cause” Top Fuel dragster for Matco Tools, featuring this year’s  “Driven by their Strength” campaign to support breast cancer research.

Brown, the two-time and reigning NHRA world champion, will reveal an all-new paint scheme that he will carry to support Breast Cancer Awareness month in October beginning with this weekend’s NHRA Dodge Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway near Reading, Pa. He will also campaign the dragster in NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events near Dallas (Oct. 14-16) and Las Vegas (Oct. 28-30).

The Tools for the Cause program through Matco Tools has raised more than $700,000 for breast cancer research and awareness since it was launched in 2012.

“Breast cancer is something that affects so many of us,” said Tim Gilmore, president of Matco Tools. “Since the very beginning of the Tools for the Cause program, our distributors, employees and customers have been extremely proud to rally together to support a great cause. We are excited to once again raise funding and awareness to help find a cure.”

This year, proceeds from the program will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (

The 330-mph dragster will carry the names of 350 breast cancer fighters and survivors.

“This Tools for the Cause scheme is always near and dear to my heart, (because) I’ve seen two women in my family go through breast cancer,” Brown said. “It really hits home, it hits hard. It really means a lot to me that we can represent all the people going through it, have been through it and all of the families that have been affected by it. The pink color empowers all of us, and it has a great meaning for women being strong.”

Matco also is continuing its Tools for the Cause merchandise program, and information on those items can be obtained from Matco Tools distributors and through Matco’s customer service team at or 866-BUY-TOOL.

This weekend’s 32nd annual NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway marks the third event in NHRA’s Countdown to the championship where Brown and the Matco Tools team sit first in Top Fuel points standings.

“We always feel good going into Reading because the conditions get to be so good there,” Brown said. “We needed to test on Monday after St. Louis just to work on some things, we changed a couple of things around. In St. Louis, it bit us in qualifying. We qualified in a bad spot (12th) and raced one of the few people that could beat us first round. It made the points a lot tighter and that’s what makes this Countdown so exciting. The positive thing was that we still came out with the points lead and we have four races left to win a championship.”

The Matco Tools team led by crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Mark Oswald are the defending event winner’s at Maple Grove.

“Our only hope is that we can be there at the end, at the last race of the Countdown with a chance to win a championship. Reading is a big race for us, it’s a hometown race for me. I’m just excited to get out there and get after it.”


ANTRON BROWN: Matco Tools/U.S. Army – Will unveil Tools for the Cause dragster

Last event: St. Louis (Sept. 23-25): Qualified No. 12, lost in first round to Shawn Langdon

A year ago at Reading: Qualified No. 12, won in championship round over Tony Schumacher

Career at Reading: Wins 1 (2015); Runner-ups 3 (2013, 2012, 2004-bikes); Poles 3 (2011, 2009, 2004-bikes)


           Pts  Events  Wins  Rup  Semi   Qtr  1st rd     Poles  DNQ   W/L

2016   1st       20        5        4         3        6        3            2        0     43-15

CAREER       354      59      47      72       93       81        46       3  611-292

Best Time, Speed: 3.679 sec., (2016, Brainerd; and first below 3.7, 2015, Brainerd); 331.12 mph (2015, Brainerd)


2016 NHRA Countdown to the Championship Top Fuel Standings
(Official after St. Louis; 2 of 6 playoff races; wins in parenthesis; DSR drivers in CAPS)

  1. ANTRON BROWN (5)          2258      —–
  2. Doug Kalitta (3)                   2245       -13
  3. TONY SCHUMACHER (2)     2204       -54
  4. SHAWN LANGDON (3)         2181       -77
  5. Brittany Force (3)                 2167       -91
  6. Steve Torrence (2)               2161       -97
  7. J.R. Todd (1)                       2152     -106
  8. Richie Crampton                  2127     -131
  9. LEAH PRITCHETT (1)          2107     -151
  10. Clay Millican                        2084     -174



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