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Epping Pre-Race Report 

NHRA New England Nationals
Event 13 of 24 (Epping)
New England Dragway
Epping, New Hampshire
July 6-8, 2018

Noteworthy:

  • Antron Brown has been to the final round at Epping the past two years, winning in 2016 and finishing as the runner-up in 2017
  • Brown leads the Top Fuel class in number of No. 1 qualifiers (two) at Epping

NHRA Epping Event Highlights: 

  • 2016 event champion
  • 2017 runner-up
  • Two-time No. 1 qualifier (2014, 2016)

2017 Epping Recap:
Qualified fourth; Event runner-up (defeated Shawn Reed in E1, Scott Palmer in E2, Leah Pritchett in E3; defeated by Brittany Force in E4)

Last event (Norwalk):
Qualified fifth; First round exit (defeated by Blake Alexander in E1)

2018 Season Statistics:
Ten round wins; ranked seventh in points

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

Notable:

  • Leads the Top Fuel class in number of No. 1 qualifiers (two) at Epping: 2014, 2016
  • Has been to the final round at Epping the past two years, winning in 2016 and finishing as the runner-up in 2017

Quotable:
“Epping has always been a good track for us. It’s an east coast track not too far from where I grew up in New Jersey. It’s one of those old school tracks with a new really smooth concrete surface. It can get hot during the day in July, but then it cools off. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see it down in the low 60s when we run on Friday night. You have to adapt to different situations, but I think that suits our Matco Tools/U.S. Army/Toyota team. This is the time of the year when our team usually starts to sort things out and get ready for the Countdown. We’re building and getting better each race and I think when the Countdown comes, we’re going to peak at the right time.”

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