Seattle Post-Race Recap
Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals
Event 16 of 24 (Seattle)
Aug. 2-4, 2019
Seattle Elimination Highlights:
- Antron Brown closes out the Western Swing by moving into second in the Top Fuel standings
Qualified: No. 11 (3.769 E.T. at 325.69 MPH)
E1: 3.798 E.T. at 321.12 MPH defeated Richie Crampton 4.990 E.T. at 142.64 MPH
E2: 4.044 E.T. at 266.69 MPH defeated by Steve Torrence 3.785 E.T. at 325.53 MPH
Three-time Top Fuel defending event champion Antron Brown qualified 11th for the NHRA Northwest Nationals and was hoping to become the first driver to win four consecutive Seattle trophies in any NHRA pro category on Sunday.
Brown extended his Pacific Raceways round win streak to 13 after a round-one win against Richie Crampton. The Matco Tools Toyota pilot’s Seattle reign of dominance came to an end when his streak was finally snapped by Steve Torrence in a second-round match-up between the two Top Fuel point leaders. Against the reigning world champ, Brown was up in smoke early and Torrence put together a clean pass for the win. Brown finished the Western Swing ranked second in the championship point standings.
“We made some good strides here in our Matco Tools Toyota. We’ve been making some moves and we’re definitely headed in the right direction. I can’t wait to get to Brainerd and really just get back after it. It should be cooler in Brainerd and the track should be good. We’ve always run well there. We’re not in a bad spot right now. We had a really consistent car here and we’ll take all the positives away from here. We leave here in second place, so we’re making points moves, but we really just need to consistently make the semis and get to the finals. We have to raise our performance a little bit and we’ll be right where we need to be at the right time.”