Qualified: No. 13 (3.786 E.T. at 324.44 MPH)
E1: 3.729 E.T. at 326.95 MPH defeated Terry McMillen, Foul (red light)
E2: 3.721 E.T. at 326.86 MPH defeated Justin Ashley 10.031 E.T. at 78.07 MPH
E3: 4.360 E.T. at 183.74 MPH defeated by Doug Kalitta 3.672 E.T. at 330.55 MPH
Antron Brown was hoping to pick up his first win of 2020 at the same facility where he licensed in Top Fuel 13 years prior. While he didn’t leave with the Wally trophy, he was successful in collecting two round wins to advance to the Arizona Nationals semifinals. Brown’s race day began with extending his Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park round-one record to 12-1 when he powered the Matco Tools/Global Electronic Technology/Toyota Top Fuel dragster to a winning 3.729-second pass. The quarterfinals pitted Brown against Justin Ashley, and once again, Brown drove his 11,000-horsepower machine to a straight, clean pass for the win. His bid for a fourth Phoenix trophy came to an end in the semifinals when a dropped cylinder caused him to slow to a 4.360 E.T. versus Doug Kalitta’s 3.67.
“We had a good outing today, making it to the semifinals. The good news was simply seeing our Matco Tools/Global Electronic Technology/Toyota/Hangsterfers dragster get back on track. We know we still have our work cut out for us, but it feels good to have some success with the changes we’ve made, which helped us be more consistent. Our team is definitely headed in the right direction. Now, we’re just going to get ready for Gainesville next and keep our heads down and keep moving in maximum overdrive. It’s good to have (crew chief) Brian Corradi back and all of our Matco boys back together. I’m really looking forward to the Gatornationals.”