Epping Post-Race Recap
NHRA New England Nationals
Event 13 of 24 (Epping)
New England Dragway
July 5-7, 2019
Epping Elimination Highlights:
- Antron Brown advanced to the quarterfinals, and moved up one spot in the Countdown to the Championship point standings
Qualified: No. 4 (3.848 E.T. at 321.73 MPH)
E1: 4.018 E.T. at 281.42 MPH defeated Cameron Ferre 4.406 E.T. at 187.26 MPH
E2: 6.843 E.T. at 101.10 MPH defeated by Scott Palmer 4.252 E.T. at 214.31 MPH
Antron Brown was seeking his fourth consecutive Epping final round appearance on Sunday and with a No. 4 qualifying effort, looked to be in a strong position to make it a long day of racing.
The 2016 New England Dragway event champion faced Cameron Ferre in the opening round of eliminations. Brown was first out of the gate and started dropping cylinders shortly after but was able to hang on for the win, defeating Ferre who made his best run of the weekend. In the quarterfinals, Brown lined up opposite event runner-up Scott Palmer. Once again, Brown was machine-like and had a sizeable reaction time advantage over his opponent but was up in smoke right at the hit and Palmer was able to take the win.
“We’re just going to keep working on our combo, so when it gets hot out that it doesn’t release. Our main goal now is to get this Matco Tools Toyota dragster ready for Denver and the Western Swing. We’re working on it and we need to just keep getting after it. We need to go out to Denver and make sure we make good power and have a good clutch program. With the elevation, it’s a huge change of the way you run the car. We’re going to go out with some stuff that we ran last year and use that as our starting point. We need to go out there and win that race.”