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Seattle Pre-Race Report

Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals
Event 16 of 24 (Seattle)
Pacific Raceways
Kent, Wash.
Aug. 2-4, 2019

Highlights:

  • Antron Brown returns as the defending event champion
  • Brown has claimed the Top Fuel Seattle Wally trophy the last three years and will attempt to become the first driver to win four consecutive Seattle trophies in any NHRA Pro class at Pacific Raceways this weekend
  • Brown’s 2018 Seattle win was his 50th Top Fuel victory

Antron Brown Track Record:
Top Fuel, E.T.: 3.685 seconds (2016)

Seattle Event Highlights: 

  • Four-time event champion (2009, 2016 – 2018)
  • Two-time runner-up (2010, 2014)
  • Two-time No. 1 qualifier (2011, 2017)

2018 Seattle Recap:
Qualified fifth; Event champion (defeated Shawn Reed in E1, Tony Schumacher in E2, Steve Torrence in E3, Leah Pritchett in E4)

Last Event (Sonoma):
Qualified fourth; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Cameron Ferre in E1; defeated by Doug Kalitta in E2)

2019 Season Statistics:
18 round wins; Ranked second (tied) in points

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

Quotable:
“We have a marathon team. The more back-to-back races we have and the harder and tougher it gets, the more our guys really dig in. Seattle is the end of the Swing, and we always look forward to going there. It’s a sea-level track, it gets a little warm, and it’s one of those places that really suits the way we like to race. The track can get a little tricky with the sun on it, but we always seem to navigate it well, and we have plenty of notes we can look back on. We can really make our car perform at the level it needs to be.

“At the end of the day, our car and our combination has definitely come around. I think we’re going to be peaking at the right time. Seattle will be a great place to come out with a win because it really sets in motion everything that we need to do going into Brainerd and the U.S. Nationals, our biggest race of the year. I think Indy will set us up to perform well at the last six races of the year for the championship. That’s been our game plan all year, and we’ve been growing and growing, but it’s going to take everything we’ve got for all of our hard work to finally come to fruition at Seattle. I think that’s why we always do well there because we know that’s the race where the switch always has to be on. It’s got to come on by then. We’ve got to race hard to win every round from here on out and finish strong.”

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