Thursday, June 11, 2009
Antron Brown moves into first in NHRA top fuel standings
Antron Brown is back atop the top fuel standings after a final round appearance at Route 66 Raceway. He is 18 points ahead of Tony Schumacher, the reigning top fuel champion and last year’s winner at Old Bridge Township Raceway in Englishtown, N.J.
“I couldn’t be more excited to get back to racing at E-Town,'” said Brown, whose hometown is Chesterfield, N.J. “I always love getting to go home to the home track in New Jersey and race in front of all the family and friends. Our Matco Tools dragster is running awesome. We’re leading the points standings and coming off a great race at Chicago. We just want to keep things rolling along and qualify well and go rounds on race day.”
Schumacher lost in the first round at Route 66 Raceway and broke his streak of 35 races in a row without a first-round loss. Even though he won at Englishtown last year, he does not have fond memories of the event because of the death of Kalitta.
“For sure, it’s going to be tough for everyone in the NHRA family,” said the six-time NHRA champion. “It’s hard to believe, but it’s already been a year since we lost Scott Kalitta.”
Photo: Antron Brown raced to a runner-up finish in the NHRA top fuel races at Route 66 Raceway in Illinois on Sunday and moved into first place in the top fuel standings. (NHRA)