Concord, NC – Brown is seeking a record-tying sixth Top Fuel win at zMAX Dragway this weekend as he pursues a fourth world championship. In addition to Brown’s three Carolina Nationals triumphs, he also won the Four-Wide event at zMAX Dragway in 2014 and 2015.
Brown and the Matco Tools team have enjoyed a recent hot streak that has seen them race to victory at two of the last four events (Topeka, Kan.; Indianapolis), and a semifinal finish in Reading, Pa. last weekend. Brown jumped up to fourth place in Reading, and is less than three round wins behind the current point leader
Brown talks Charlotte, “I’m looking forward to getting to Charlotte, especially with all of the momentum we have after our big win at the U.S. Nationals and racing to a semifinal finish in Reading last weekend. We’re looking to go out there and qualify well. We want to qualify better; our goal is to qualify in the top five, and then we’re going to take it one round at a time. This is a crucial, pivotal points-race with the fact that there’s only 20 rounds of eliminations left this season. The points are really close and we’re going in with our heads down. We know there’s going to be some monster match-ups this weekend; there are a lot of really great cars out there. We know there is going to be another very tight Top Fuel field, and our Matco Tools team is looking forward to the challenge. Charlotte is always one of our favorite race tracks to go to; we’ve fared well there, so we’re looking forward to another opportunity to move our way up in the rankings this weekend. We’re fully focused; these qualifying points are going to be very crucial, and we’re looking to attack every round. This will be one of those races that can make or break your championship hopes.”
Topeka, KS – With one weekend off between Seattle and Topeka, the Brown Family choose to spend that time running Jr Dragsters at Cordova Dragway where Brown’s middle child, Anson, raced to a runner-up finish. They then headed on to Topeka for this weekends race.
“Topeka has always been one of my favorite races, especially since it brings back memories of one of my drag racing heroes, Gary Ormsby, when you turn into the track onto Gary Ormsby Drive. We’ve won at Topeka before and we tend to qualify well there. We’ve lost some close ones there in the past, and it’s definitely one of those tracks that can hold big numbers. After our Seattle race, I feel that our team as a whole at AB Motorsports has turned a corner, and we’re excited to get out there. The track is going to be hot, it’s going to be tricky, and those are definitely the types of conditions where we shine.” explained Brown
Personal Appearence: On Thursday afternoon, Antron Brown will throw out the first pitch at the Kansas City Royals game.
Norwalk, OH – Antron Brown looking to continue his Bristol progress in Norwalk. “We had a good weekend in Bristol, and we’re definitely making and strides moving forward. That’s what we’re working hard to do is keep pushing forward, and I like the direction we’re going. I’m looking forward to getting to Norwalk, keeping our head down and getting after it. It’s going to be a hot race, but we know how to navigate those conditions. It’s going to be tricky, but they always have a great track surface in Norwalk. I believe we’ll run well and we’ll see what we can do this weekend.
“This team is pulling hard together. We went some rounds (in Bristol) and the one thing about that is, when you’re going rounds, you’re always improving and the more laps you get, the better you get. We’re headed in the right direction.”
Norwalk Event Highlights: 2014 event champion, Two-time runner-up (2010, 2015)
2021 Norawlk Recap: Qualified sixth; Semifinal finish (defeated Doug Kalitta in E1, Billy Torrence in E2; defeated by Brittany Force in E3)
CONCORD, NC – Antron Brown qualified his Matco Tools Top Fuel dragster ninth at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, an event where he has earned two previous wins. The new team owner has visited the final elimination quad at the last three four-wide events (Las Vegas 2022, Charlotte 2021, Las Vegas 2021), and was looking to keep his streak alive on Sunday at zMAX Dragway. Brown drew friend and technical alliance teammate Justin Ashley, Austin Prock, and Cameron Ferre in his first-round quad. He was quick on the throttle but his machine started to lose traction before the 330-marker and he slowed to a 5.263 E.T. while Ashley and Ferre made full pulls to advance to round two.
“That was just a tough first round here at Charlotte for the Four-Wide Nationals,” said Brown a three-time Top Fuel world champion. “Certainly not the result we expected from a really tough quad with Justin Ashley and Austin Prock and Cam Ferre. They’re all tough though. We ran decent in qualifying but would have liked to have started higher than ninth. The car was just a little fast today and we lost traction. We’re disappointed and need to figure it out. We’re only a quarter of the way through this season, so there’s a long way to go. It is a marathon and we have some catching up to do. We’re going to dig deep, work hard, test here at zMax Dragway tomorrow and come out swinging at Richmond (Va.) in two weeks.”
DSR ANNOUNCES FORMATION OF AB MOTORSPORTS; GLOBAL ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGY JOINS NEW ENDEAVOR AS MAJOR ASSOCIATE SPONSOR
BROWNSBURG, IN – Since making his NHRA debut aboard a Pro Stock Motorcycle in 1998, Antron Brown has successfully checked item after item off of his personal bucket list, including three Top Fuel world titles. As he embarks on the new decade, the wheels have been set into motion for Brown to realize another dream – NHRA team ownership.
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) and Brown are delighted to announce the formation of AB Motorsports. Team owner Don Schumacher will work hand-in-hand with Brown, guiding him toward the eventual goal of sole ownership of AB Motorsports, which will function as a subsidiary of DSR, as Brown eases into the transition from ‘hired shoe’ to driver/team owner.
“This is a dream come true. Never in a million years did I think I would be a professional Top Fuel driver, let alone have the opportunity to be a team owner,” said Brown, who made the shift from Pro Stock Motorcycle to Top Fuel in 2008. “I can’t thank Don Schumacher enough for not only the opportunity to race for him and represent DSR for many years but now helping me to pursue my dream. I also have to thank Steve and Samantha Bryson, as it brings me great happiness to welcome them to AB Motorsports with their Global Electronic Technology team.