READING, Pa. (Oct. 6, 2012) – Antron Brown and the Matco Tools “Tools for the Cause” Top Fuel Dragster team posted their second quickest run ever at 3.758 seconds, and he qualified seventh.
The combination of near perfect atmospheric conditions and the proven Maple Grove Raceway track led to pending national records for elapsed time in Top Fuel and Funny Car.
David Grubnic of Kalitta Motorsports equaled the quickest run ever of 3.728 seconds.
But most important to Matco crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Mark Oswald was that their team rallied from two disappointing runs on Friday to post two impressive runs Saturday including a 3.793 in the early afternoon session.
Brown, winner of the last two events, climbed the ladder with each run during qualifying. The current Top Fuel points leader will look to make it three straight wins Sunday.
“We did what we needed to do today on a track that just keeps getting better and better,” said Brown, who is driving a special pink Matco “Tools for the Cause” dragster to help the Susan G. Komen Fight for the Cure campaign to battle breast cancer.
“Brian and Mark said the track was so good it started eating us up a little bit on our second run. The car actually wore the clutch out on that run, but it was really good to put up that 3.758. That got us into the top of the field and that will give us lane choice in that first-round matchup.”
Brown started the Reading event with a 21-point lead over DSR teammate Spencer Massey and has extended it to 24 points heading to Sunday’s championship eliminations.
The following are Brown’s results from Maple Grove and notes:
No. 1 qualifier: David Grubnic (Kalitta Motorsports) 3.728, 327.11 (quickest ever)
Antron Brown, Matco Tools “Tools for the Cause” dragster
Qualified: No. 7
First-round opponent: Steve Torrence
Session 1: 3.844 sec., 317.87 mph
Session 2: 4.871, 147.91
Session 3: 3.793, 322.73
Session 4: 3.758, 325.14
NHRA FULL THROTTLE STANDINGS
Countdown to the Championship
(Thru Oct. 6, 2012, 2012; DSR drivers in CAPS)
1. ANTRON BROWN 2,411
2. SPENCER MASSEY 2,387
3. TONY SCHUMACHER 2,335
4. Shawn Langdon 2,311
5. Brandon Bernstein 2,274
6. Morgan Lucas 2,247
7. Steve Torrence 2,212
8. Doug Kalitta 2,208
9. David Grubnic 2,193
10. Bob Vandergriff 2,149
FULL THROTTLE AT MAPLE GROVE
Sunday: Championship eliminations, 11 a.m. (ET)
(Times are ET)
SUNDAY: Qualifying, 6 p.m.
SUNDAY: Eliminations, 7 p.m.
SUNDAY: High 54; 60 percent chance of showers
UPCOMING FULL THROTTLE EVENTS
Oct. 25-28, Big O Tires NHRA Nationals, Las Vegas
Nov. 8-11, Auto Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, Pomona, Calif.
About Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer. Today, Susan G. Komen for the Cure® works to end breast cancer in the U.S. and throughout the world through ground-breaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 50 countries. Visit komen.org. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
About Matco Tools
Matco Tools manufactures, distributes and services premium quality automotive equipment, tools, and tool storage for the professional technician. The company has more than 60 years of national brand experience in the automotive equipment industry and a vast product line of more than 13,000 of the highest quality, innovative tools and accessories.
The company’s franchise offering has no initial franchise fee, monthly royalties, or advertising fees.
. Initial corporate and ongoing local training create and build outstanding value for the franchisee's business. For more information on Matco Tools products or franchise opportunities, visit www.matcotools.com.
About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., consists of seven professional NHRA teams: in Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by seven-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the FRAM/Prestone dragster of Spencer Massey and the Matco Tools dragster of Antron Brown; and in Funny Car, 2011 NHRA Funny Car champion Matt Hagan in the Aaron’s Dream Machine/Mopar Dodge Charger R/T, Valvoline NextGen Dodge piloted by Jack Beckman, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge of Ron Capps and the Service Central Dodge of Johnny Gray. DSR has won 195 NHRA national event titles and nine world championships.
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