Qualified: No. 5 (3.726 E.T. at 330.23 MPH)
E1: 4.376 E.T. at 220.40 MPH defeated by Richie Crampton 3.783 E.T. at 318.77 MPH
The 2013 Gatornationals champion who made his NHRA debut at Gainesville Raceway atop a Pro Stock Motorcycle in 1998 qualified fifth for the 50th running of the prestigious event. Against his first-round opponent Richie Crampton, Antron Brown was quick on the throttle, earning a significant starting line advantage over his competitor. Crampton was able to take over the lead almost immediately when Brown’s machine rattled the tires and lost traction. Brown pedaled but was unable to chase down Crampton’s 3.783 second pass.
“We made some great strides here, especially in our clutch department. That first-round run, we just had a malfunction with our management system where it actually sent the clutch early and when it did, it just got a lot of clutch for no reason. We made two clean runs on Saturday, I was really pumped up for today, but we’ll lick our wounds, move on to Vegas and come out swinging there.”