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Pre-Race Report: Houston

Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals
Presented by Pennzoil

Event No. 5 of 21
Houston Raceway Park
Baytown, Texas
May 21-23, 2021

Noteworthy:

  • Recent Atlanta winner Antron Brown enters the event ranked second, and has finished in the semifinals or better at the last six events
  • Brown won his first Top Fuel race at the 2008 Houston event

Houston Event Highlights: 

  • Two-time event champion (2008, 2014)
    • Raced to his career-first Top Fuel victory in 2008
  • Four-time runner-up
    • Top Fuel (2010, 2012, 2019)
    • Pro Stock Motorcycle (2004)
  • Two-time No. 1 qualifier
    • Top Fuel (2009)
    • Pro Stock Motorcycle (2001)

2020 Houston Recap:
Qualified fourth; Semifinal finish (defeated Scott Palmer in E1, Doug Kalitta in E2; defeated by Steve Torrence in E3)

Last Event (Charlotte 1):
Qualified sixth; Semifinal finish (defeated Shawn Langdon, Leah Pruett in E1, Doug Foley, Krista Baldwin in E2; defeated by Steve Torrence, Brittany Force in E3)

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

Noteworthy:

  • Enters the event ranked second, and has finished in the semifinals or better at the last six events, including a win in Atlanta earlier this month
  • Brown won his first Top Fuel race at the 2008 Houston event during his rookie season
  • 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:
“I always look forward to going to Houston Raceway Park. I remember when Matco had their first race there, the Matco Tools Supernationals, my crew chief Brian Corradi won that first race with Dean Skuza. That track has a really good, old-school NHRA drag racing feel. We love seeing all of the people from Houston and Louisiana that come out and show us all of the support. Houston is also Matco Tools-deep country right there, so I look forward to carrying on and keeping our good momentum going this weekend.”

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