Qualified: No. 9 (3.772 E.T. at 324.28 MPH)
E1: 4.072 E.T. at 237.75 MPH defeated by Mike Salinas 3.747 E.T. at 328.86 MPH, Billy Torrence 3.966 E.T. at 271.95 MPH
Antron Brown’s Four-Wide Nationals draw pitted him against Mike Salinas and Billy Torrence to start race day. The four-time Vegas winner’s day was cut short when he stood on the throttle in round one and immediately dropped a cylinder. His Matco Tools Toyota slowed to a 4.072 E.T. and his opponents were able to cross the finish line first and snag Brown’s opportunity for a spot in round two.
“We just need someone to throw us a bone. The engine has been flawless all weekend long and for it to drop a hole on the first run, we’re just kicking ourselves in the butt. We threw away a great opportunity to advance to another round. This is a race that we felt we had the opportunity to win. With that said, we’re looking forward to having one of our team members, Matt Sackman, who does the cylinder heads on our car, take our Matco Tools Toyota down the race track and get his Top Fuel license. And we’ll gather some data for Houston. We want to thank our friends at Hangsterfer’s for giving Matt this opportunity.
“Houston is on our radar and we have to unleash and unload. We need to be in attack mode and its game-on right now. We’re ready and we’re thankful to have another race next weekend and we want to do well for Matco and for Pennzoil at their home track.”