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Chicago Pre-Race Report

NHRA Chicago Highlights: 

  • Five-time event champion
    • Top Fuel (2012, 2014, 2016)
    • Pro Stock Motorcycle (2000, 2001)
  • Three-time runner-up
    • TF (2009, 2017)
    • PSM (2002)
  • Two-time No. 1 qualifier (2009, 2015)

2017 Chicago Recap:
Qualified seventh; Event runner-up (defeated Doug Kalitta in E1, Leah Pritchett in E2, Clay Millican in E3; defeated by Steve Torrence in E4)

Last event (Topeka):
Qualified 12th; First round exit (defeated by Leah Pritchett in E1)

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

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

Notable:

  • Has raced for the Chicago Top Fuel Wally three out of the past four years, winning in 2014 and 2016, and finishing as the runner-up in 2017
  • Chicago 2017 was the start of five consecutive final round appearances for Brown
  • Will face off against ‘Papa’ John Schnatter in the Papa John’s Charity Challenge race on Saturday
    • Benefits the Infinite Hero Foundation

Quotable:
“When we go out to Joliet, it’s always a special race because it’s the hometown race for Don Schumacher, who’s from Mount Prospect. Everybody at DSR really gets up to win at Route 66 – and that’s what I intend to do. We’ll also have a lot of Matco distributors, Toyota guests and a lot of Army soldiers that come out and we want to give back and put them into the winner’s circle.

“It’s going to be crazy fast running at the beginning of June compared to mid-July. Track conditions should be in the 60s when we’re running at night and you can go out there and run hard. It’s another really good track and it’s going to be a lot of fun for the fans.”

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