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DSR Charlotte I Pre-Race Report

ANTRON BROWN
Driver of the Matco Tools/U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
NHRA Charlotte I Highlights: 

  • Two-time event winner (2014, 2015)
  • 2016 runner-up
  • Has been to the final round three times in the past four years (2014, 2015, 2016)

2017 Charlotte I Recap:
Qualified third; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Ike Maier, Pat Dakin in E1, defeated by Tony Schumacher, Terry McMillen in E3)

Last event (Houston):
Qualified fifth; First round exit (defeated by Terry McMillen in E1)

2018 Season Statistics:
Seven round wins; ranked third in points

Career Statistics:
387 races; 65 wins (16 Pro Stock Motorcycle); 49 No. 1 qualifiers (11 PSM)

Notable:

  • Leads the Top Fuel class in most victories (five) at zMAX Dragway:
    • Spring: 2014, 2015
    • Fall: 2011, 2015, 2016

Quotable:
“Charlotte has always been a real special place for us. We just love going there. It’s one of those big arena-type tracks. When you go there, it’s the biggest race track on the tour. It’s just a terrific place to race – the Taj Mahal of race tracks.  When you go there, you want to show out.  Our Matco Tools/U.S. Army/Toyota team know how much that track means and what a big event the Four-Wides is.“Running two four-wide races within a month is just going to make it even more competitive.  Everyone is going to be more comfortable having run more four-wide rounds and be able elevate their game. The main thing is just making it to the finals. Once you get to the finals, it’s anybody’s game. We were close in Las Vegas, we just had a couple of mishaps and now we need to capitalize on it (this weekend). Hopefully, Charlotte can be our break-out race to get things going for the rest of the season.”

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