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Charlotte II Pre-Race Report

NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals
Event 21 of 24 (Charlotte II)
Countdown Event 3 of 6
zMAX Dragway
Concord, N.C.
Oct. 11-13, 2019

Highlights:

  • Antron Brown leads the class in most victories (five) at zMAX Dragway:
    • Fall: 2011, 2015 – 2016
    • Spring: 2014 – 2015

Countdown to the Championship standing: 6th (tied)

Charlotte II Event Highlights: 

  • Three-time event champion (2011, 2015-2016)
  • 2008 runner-up

2018 Charlotte II Recap:
Qualified 11th; First round exit (defeated by Tony Schumacher in E1)

Last Event (St. Louis):
Qualified 11th; First round exit (defeated by Leah Pritchett in E1)

2019 Season Statistics:
23 round wins; ranked sixth (tied) in points

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

Noteworthy:

  • Leads the class in most victories (five) at zMAX Dragway:
    • Fall: 2011, 2015 – 2016
    • Spring: 2014 – 2015
  • Campaigning the Matco Tools Top Distributor Top Fuel Dragster for one event only
    • The Top Distributor scheme celebrates Joe Gaulin, Matco Tools’ No. 1 distributor in 2018. Gaulin is a four-time Matco Tools Top Distributor
    • The campaign commemorates the Ashville, N.C. resident’s hard work at his ‘home track’
    • Mr. Gaulin will be treated to a day at the races where he will bring 150 of his customers to join in on the celebration.
    • At the conclusion of the race weekend, Gaulin will keep Brown’s firesuit and helmet, both of which were designed for the occasion

Quotable:
“Really excited to go to Charlotte, our third race of the Countdown. St. Louis didn’t go the way we wanted it to, but we learned a lot during that race. Charlotte is definitely going to be our breakout race; I can feel it. I can see the synergy; I can feel the energy within our team and (crew chiefs) Mark (Oswald) and Brad (Mason). They have a great game plan headed into Charlotte, so I’m just excited and ready to go out there and execute and do what we do, which is be a competitive team that’s capable of winning races.”

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