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Antron Brown NHRA Sonoma Nationals Event Preview

Matco team intends to put greater emphasis on early qualifying after Brown falls early, loses ground to teammate for Top Fuel lead

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SONOMA, Calif. (July 28, 2015) – Antron Brown and the Matco Tools team had a little stumble on Sunday near Denver but he has little concern over the first-round loss at the first stop of the three-race Western Swing that continues this weekend.

“Denver didn’t go the way we wanted to, but we learned a lot,” he said after the race at Bandimere Speedway. “The best thing is that we’ll come back.”

He and crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Mark Oswald lost little time worrying about being upset in the opening round. Instead, they turned the page to get ready for the race at Sonoma Raceway near San Francisco where Antron has won three times (2009, 2011 and 2012) in Top Fuel.

Antron Brown

Antron Brown

“We’re focused on Sonoma,” he said after racing at 5,800 feet in the Mile-High Nationals. “We’re eager to get back to sea level and running how we know we can.”

The early loss near Denver combined with points leader and Don Schumacher Racing teammate Tony Schumacher advancing to the final round enabled Schumacher to pull to 85 points ahead of Antron, who is second in points.

The Sonoma Nationals is the 15th of 24 races in the Mello Yello Series but only three are left in the regular season before the six-race Countdown to the Championship begins at which time the points will be reset.

The Matco teams will begin focusing more on qualifying to move up to a higher seed for the first round of Sunday eliminations.

“We have to go after it starting with that first qualifying session and get our pace going for the rest of the weekend,” Antron, who has four No. 1 qualifying positions this season, said. “When you make a good lap out of the box, then you can really get after it on Friday night and try to go for that No. 1 spot and that’s our goal.”

Antron Brown, Matco Tools Top Fuel dragster
Last event: Denver, (July 26, 2015): Qualified No. 8; lost in first round to J.R. Todd
A year ago at Sonoma: Qualified No. 4; lost in first round to Spencer Massey
Career at Sonoma: Wins 3 (2009, 2011, 2012); Runner-ups 2 (2004*, 2006*); Poles 1 (2008)

         Pts Events Wins Rup Semi Qtr 1st rd Poles DNQ    W/L
2015 2nd     14         3       2       3      2       4         4       0      25-11
CAREER     324       50    42       66  85      77       41     3     542-271
Best Time, Speed: 3.701 sec.-NHRA record (2012, Reading, Pa.); 328.78 mph (2012, Reading)

2015 NHRA MELLO YELLO TOP FUEL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
(Official after Denver; 14 of 24 races; DSR drivers in CAPS)
DRIVER (WINS)                           POINTS BEHIND
1. TONY SCHUMACHER (3)          1,126      —–
2. ANTRON BROWN (3)                 1,041       -85
3. Larry Dixon                                    920      -205
4. Doug Kalitta (2)                              880     -246
5. Richie Crampton (3)                       848     -278
6. SPENCER MASSEY (1)               788      -338
7. Brittany Force                                762     -364
8. Shawn Langdon (1)                       748      -378
9. Steve Torrence (1)                        728      -398
10. J.R. Todd                                     703      -423

About Matco Tools

 Since 1979, the mission of Matco Tools has been to provide professional mechanics and auto enthusiasts with all of the premium tools, storage and equipment they need to get the job done, while also offering best-in-class service and customer support. The company’s network of 1,500 premier independent mobile distributors is focused on developing and maintaining trust-based relationships with its customers and has increased its revenues by an average of 8% in each of the last three years. Ranked among the top 30 in Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2014 Franchise 500®, the company continues to expand throughout the United States and Canada, adding several hundred mobile stores each year.  For more information, please visit www.MatcoTools.com.

About Don Schumacher Racing

Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields seven professional NHRA teams. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the 2012 NHRA Top Fuel world champion Matco Tools dragster driven by Antron Brown and the Red Fuel Powered by Schumacher dragster driven by Spencer Massey; and in Funny Car, 2011 and 2014 world champion Matt Hagan in the Mopar Express Lane/Rocky Boots 2015 Dodge Charger R/T, 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge of Ron Capps and the Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr.

DSR has won 258 NHRA national event titles and 13 world championships.

Follow Don Schumacher Racing at ShoeRacing.com, on Twitter at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing.

 

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