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Brainerd Pre-Race Report

NHRA Nationals
Event 17 of 24 (Brainerd)
Brainerd International Raceway
Brainerd, Minn.
Aug. 16-18, 2019

Highlights:

  • Antron Brown has been to the Brainerd final round the past three years, earning a runner-up finish in 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Brown has been victorious in both the Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle categories in Brainerd

Brainerd Event Highlights: 

  • Five-time event champion
    • Top Fuel (2011)
    • Pro Stock Motorcycle (2000, 2001, 2003, 2006)
  • Four-time runner-up (2012, 2016-2018)
  • Four-time No. 1 qualifier
    • Top Fuel (2014, 2016)
    • Pro Stock Motorcycle (2001, 2004)

2018 Brainerd Recap:
Qualified third; Event runner-up (defeated Luigi Novelli in E1, Brittany Force in E2, Steve Torrence in E3; defeated by Billy Torrence in E4)

Last Event (Seattle):
Qualified 11th; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Richie Crampton in E1; defeated by Steve Torrence in E2)

2019 Season Statistics:
20 round wins; Ranked second in points

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

Noteworthy:

  • Has been to the Brainerd final round the past three years, earning a runner-up finish in 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Has been victorious in both Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle in Brainerd

Quotable:
“Brainerd has always been a really good track. I love going up there. I really enjoy the people, they’re strong supporters of our sport, and I think that energizes our whole Matco Tools Toyota Hangsterfers team to go up there and do well. When you go around ‘the Zoo,’ and you get that surge of energy of people having a good time, it really brings back the memories of what drag racing means to me. It’s all about competing at a high-level on the track, but having a lot of fun while doing it, and that’s why I always look forward to Brainerd International Raceway each year.”

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