Qualified: No. 11 (3.765 E.T. at 323.97 MPH)
E1: 3.708 E.T. at 330.39 MPH defeated Spencer Massey 3.845 E.T. at 273.50 MPH
E2: 4.445 E.T. at 190.35 MPH defeated by Steve Torrence 3.709 E.T. at 331.36 MPH
Antron Brown qualified 11th for the NHRA Midwest Nationals to set up a rematch of last week’s round-one race versus Spencer Massey. In the opening pairing of eliminations, Brown moved first and drove the Matco Tools Toyota dragster from A to B in 3.708-seconds at 330.39 mph to avenge last week’s E1 defeat and set off the first win light of race day. In round two, Brown was once again the first to stomp on the throttle, but his machine lost traction near the 330-foot cone and Steve Torrence was able to drive away with the win.
Brown departs World Wide Technology Raceway ranked seventh in the Top Fuel point standings.
“Today we had a great first-round lap with that 3.70 and we’re looking at today as a day where we made some big strides. I’m very confident heading into Dallas and I wish we were going to the Texas Motorplex next weekend. We’re excited to get there early for the Stampede of Speed and take some batting practice swings on Wednesday. All-and-all, I’m proud of these Matco Tools guys. We wanted to take (Steve) Torrence out and keep fighting for that Camping World championship. We pushed a little bit and the track didn’t hold what we were trying to throw down. That being said, we’ll get it back together and bring out the ‘Tools for the Cause’ pink Matco dragster in two weeks. We’re excited about the activities and the 15 grand up for grabs on Friday night in Ennis.”