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Pre-Race Report: Charlotte 1

NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
Event No. 4 of 22
zMAX Dragway
Concord, N.C.
May 14-16, 2021

Charlotte 1 Event Highlights: 

  • Two-time event champion (2014, 2015)
  • 2016 runner-up

2020 Charlotte 1 Recap:
N/A (canceled due to COVID-19)

2019 Charlotte 1 Recap:
Qualified second; First round exit (defeated by Scott Palmer, Dom Lagana in E1)

2021 Las Vegas Four-Wide:
Qualified eighth; Semifinal finish (defeated Justin Ashley, Bye in E1, Brittany Force, Billy Torrence in E2; defeated by Steve Torrence, Doug Kalitta in E3)

Last Event (Atlanta):
Qualified eighth; Event champion (defeated Doug Kalitta in E1, Billy Torrence in E2, Brittany Force in E3, Steve Torrence in E4)

Career Statistics:
444 races; 68 wins (16 Pro Stock Motorcycle); 49 No. 1 Qualifiers (11 PSM)

Noteworthy:

  • Returns to zMAX following a win in Atlanta, his first of the 2021 season and second in four events
    • With 68 overall wins, Brown has his sights set on tying Kenny Bernstein’s 69 victories, which would rank him sixth on the NHRA’s all-time list
  • Also eyeing another milestone in Charlotte as he seeks to become just the sixth driver in NHRA history to earn 750 round wins (currently at 749)
  • Occupies the No. 2 spot in the standings and is within two rounds of the Top Fuel point lead
  • Leads the class in most zMAX Dragway victories (five, tied with Steve Torrence):
    • Spring: 2014, 2015
    • Fall: 2011, 2015, 2016
  • Driving a special Matco’s ‘Tools for the Cause’ livery to benefit the Fisher House Foundation:
    • During the month of May, Matco will donate 15% of net sales of Tools for the Cause items to the Fisher House Foundation through the end of 2021
    • For nearly 30 years, the Fisher House program has provided “a home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. These homes offer free, temporary lodging to military and veterans’ families, allowing them to be close to their loved ones during a medical crisis and focus on what’s important—the healing process
    • Families served by Fisher House Foundation: More than 413,000 families since inception in 1990
    • There are 91 Fisher House facilities in operation
    • Fisher House Foundation has provided over 10 million days of lodging, representing over $525 million in savings

Quotable:
“Really excited to get back out there. Vegas Four-Wide was a great race, but it felt like one that slipped away so I’m glad we get to go out to Charlotte and have another crack at it. The weather is looking like it’ll be phenomenal. I’m super pumped coming off of our win at Atlanta, and we’re looking to carry that momentum into Charlotte. First things first, we want to get ourselves qualified at the top of the ladder and then looking to take it one round at a time on race day. The Four-Wide Nationals, it’s a battle royale and you better be coming with your eyes forward, but also you’ve got to have eyes in the back of your head. Four-wide racing comes at you from every direction but our Matco Tools/Toyota/Global Electronic Technology/SiriusXM/Hangsterfer’s Top Fuel dragster is ready to go to war, and we’re ready for Charlotte.”

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