Qualified: No. 7 (3.743 E.T. at 326.79 MPH)
E1: 4.556 E.T. at 210.44 MPH defeated by Doug Kalitta 4.504 E.T. at 187.83 MPH
Debuting the Matco Tools ‘Tools for the Cause’ livery benefitting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Antron Brown started race day at the Texas NHRA FallNationals from the top half of the field and facing Doug Kalitta in round one. Both Brown and Kalitta lost traction early into their race, and the veteran drivers were on and off the throttle, trying to get their machines to recover. Neither driver was able to get their 11,000-horsepower beast to hook back up, resulting in a classic nail-biter pedalfest with Kalitta coming out on top as he coasted across the finish line stripe first.
Brown departs Texas ranked seventh in the Top Fuel standings and will look to crack back into the ‘top five’ when his pinked-out machine takes to the track next weekend in Bristol, Tenn.
“It was a tough first round with Doug Kalitta, and we hate that. We had great support from all of our Matco Tools distributors and customers in Texas, and Western Tech from El Paso, and Toyota right here in the Dallas/Plano area, and we wanted to do well for them. We have to lick our wounds and get ready for Bristol next weekend. The game plan is to get back on the horse soon and get back in the thick of things in these Top Fuel wars.”