Antron Brown and his Matco Tools team led by crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Mark Oswald dominated Top Fuel competition the past two years but 2016 produced a record-shattering season and their third world championship in five years.
The 41-year-old won a career-best seven NHRA Wally trophies and tied his career mark for No. 1 qualifying positions with seven last year.
His vibrant personality, perseverance, intelligence, athleticism and religious convictions helped plot the course to getting a job driving in the ultimate category of Top Fuel in 2008. And just four years later, the New Jersey native was crowned the 2012 NHRA Top Fuel dragster world champion.
Achieving that championship enabled Brown to become the first African-American to win a major U.S. auto racing championship.
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