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Reading Pre-Race Report

MOPAR Express Lane NHRA Nationals
Presented by Pennzoil

Event 19 of 24 (Reading)
Countdown Event 1 of 6
Maple Grove Raceway
Mohnton, Pa.
Sept. 13-15, 2019

Highlights:

  • Antron Brown (Top Fuel) is in contention for the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship chase and ranked third

Note:
The MOPAR Mega Block Party will rev up the MOPAR Express Lane NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil race weekend for the fourth consecutive year. The free-admission fan event, set to roll into FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading from 4-10 p.m. ET on Thursday, September 12, will offer a jam-packed slate of fun activities, including a home run derby and autograph session, for MOPAR and Dodge//SRT enthusiasts.

Track Record:
Top Fuel, E.T.: 3.688 seconds, Antron Brown (2016)

Countdown to the Championship standing: 3rd

Reading Event Highlights: 

  • Two-time event champion (2015, 2016)
  • Three-time runner-up
    • Top Fuel (2012, 2013)
    • Pro Stock Motorcycle (2004)
  • Three-time No. 1 qualifier
    • Top Fuel (2009, 2011)
    • Pro Stock Motorcycle (2004)

2018 Reading Recap:
Qualified sixth; Semifinal finish (defeated Brittany Force in E1, Leah Pritchett in E2; defeated by Tony Schumacher in E3)

Last Event (Indianapolis):
Qualified sixth; Semifinal finish (defeated Jordan Vandergriff in E1, Steve Torrence in E2; defeated by Billy Torrence in E3)

2019 Season Statistics:
22 round wins; ranked third in points

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

Noteworthy:

  • Brown has won at least one round in 11 of the past 12 events. After sitting 10th in points after four races, Brown climbed to third by ‘regular’ season’s end on the strength of two runner-up finishes and five semifinal showings in the final 14 events
  • Brown is looking for his fourth Top Fuel world championship, more than any other active driver

Quotable:
“Reading is a huge race for us. It’s not far from my hometown (Chesterfield, N.J.) and, hopefully, the conditions will be good. It’s starting to cool down and it’s going to be fast. We need to go out there and get after it. Everybody is so tight, so you need to come out strong. You can’t afford to fall back in the standings with just five races left after Reading and if you can win early, you gain confidence and you put more pressure on your rivals going forward, knowing they can’t afford to slip up.”

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