TOYOTA NHRA: Thunder Valley Nationals Preview
Bristol, TN – Brown Looks For Bristol Win To Complete Sweep…Antron Brown will be heading to Bristol this weekend looking to capture a win at the one track that has eluded him in Bristol Dragway. Since joining Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) 12 years ago, the Matco Tools Toyota driver has won at every other track on the current NHRA schedule. Brown came close to winning the 2011 Thunder Valley Nationals before falling to Larry Dixon in the last round. This will be his final appearance at Bristol with DSR before officially kicking off his own AB Motorsports team in 2022.
Todd Continues Championship Hunt…After advancing to the semifinals this past weekend at the Texas Motorplex, J.R. Todd arrives in Bristol squarely in the hunt for a second Funny Car world championship. Todd has now advanced to the semifinals or beyond in five of the last eight races. and has won at least one round in nine consecutive races and in 16 of 17 events this season. He enters this weekend’s action fifth in points, 134 behind leader Matt Hagan.
Winning At Bristol…Two current Toyota drivers have previously won at the Bristol Dragway. Doug Kalitta has scored three wins at the track, defeating Rod Fuller in 2005 and 2006, and Tony Schumacher in 2001. He has also earned three runner-up finishes. Shawn Langdon has registered a pair of Thunder Valley Nationals victories in defeating Schumacher in the finals in 2016 and current teammate Kalitta in 2014.
Antron Brown Matco Tools/Toyota Top Fuel Dragster: “Winning Bristol would be huge. Bristol’s the last piece that we need to complete the puzzle in winning at every event on the schedule. It’s always been a special place for us and we’ve been close. It would be huge to be able to bring that win home and put that whole picture together for all the years I’ve been at Don Schumacher Racing. We can’t wait to get out there.”
J.R. Todd, DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car: (On the championship) “We have a tall mountain to climb, but it’s not over yet.”