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Pre-Race Report: Atlanta

Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals
Event 7 of 24 (Atlanta)
Atlanta Dragway
Commerce, Ga.
May 3-5, 2019

Noteworthy:

  • Antron Brown has raced to victory in both Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle at Atlanta Dragway

Atlanta Event Highlights: 

  • Six-time event champion
    • Top Fuel (2008, 2011, 2013, 2015)
    • Pro Stock Motorcycle (2001, 2006)
  • 2003 Pro Stock Motorcycle runner-up
  • Two-time No. 1 qualifier
    • Top Fuel (2015)
    • Pro Stock Motorcycle (2006)

2018 Atlanta Recap:
Qualified seventh; First round exit (defeated by Blake Alexander in E1)

Last Event (Charlotte I):
Qualified second; First round exit (defeated by Scott Palmer, Dom Lagana in E1)

2019 Season Statistics:
Five round wins; Ranked seventh in points

Career Statistics:
412 races; 66 wins (16 Pro Stock Motorcycle); 49 No. 1 qualifiers (11 PSM)

Noteworthy:

  • In a two-way tie for winningest Top Fuel driver at Atlanta Dragway with four Southern Nationals event wins:
    • 2008, 2011, 2013, 2015
  • Has wins in both Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle at Atlanta Dragway
  • Has qualified No. 1 in both categories at Atlanta Dragway
  • Driving a special Matco’s Tools for the Cause livery to benefit the Fisher House Foundation
    • Starting May 1, Matco will donate 15% of net sales of Tools for the Cause items to the Fisher House Foundation through the end of 2019
    • For nearly 30 years, the Fisher House program has provided “a home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. These homes offer free, temporary lodging to military and veterans’ families, allowing them to be close to their loved one during a medical crisis and focus on what’s important—the healing process
    • Families served by Fisher House Foundation: More than 368,000 families since inception in 1990

Quotable:
“I’ve got some great memories from Atlanta, and I’m looking forward to getting back there. I’ve done well at that track, from Pro Stock Motorcycle to my first year competing in Top Fuel when I beat ‘The Sarge’ there in the final in 2008. Atlanta Dragway always sticks out in my mind because it’s one of those old school tracks where the grandstands are right next to the race track and the fans get a great view. Atlanta fans are like no other. They come out of the woodwork when we race there.

“I’m amped up, pumped up. We had a great test session on Monday after Charlotte. We found some things that I think will give us a leg up where we can go out and compete at the high level we’ve been working so hard to reach. I feel like we’re turning the corner and really think Atlanta could be a great breakout race for us.”

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