|SONOMA, Calif. (Aug. 1, 2015) – As enjoyable it was for Antron Brown and the Matco Tools team to tie for the fourth quickest run in Top Fuel history on Friday night in the NHRA Sonoma Nationals, earning the No. 1 seed has a more lasting value.Antron and the Matco/U.S. Army team led by crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Mark Oswald along with assistant Brad Mason will start from the pole for the fifth time in 15 NHRA Mello Yello events this season and second in the three races.
Under near perfect conditions Friday with cool temperatures at near sea level, the Matco team completed its second qualifying run in 3.707 seconds at 326.95 mph.
In Saturday’s two sessions under conditions more similar than what is expected for championship eliminations, Antron went 3.809 (318.62) that was second best to DSR teammate Tony Schumacher in the early afternoon session and quickest at 3.775 in the late afternoon.
“We were pushing. You have to go out there and run your tail off to get ready for Sunday,” Antron said of his last qualifying run.
“It’s been a really great qualifying for our Matco Tools team and we’re just really blessed to be here at Sonoma,” said Antron, who has won Top Fuel trophies at Sonoma in 2009, 2011 and 2012.
“It’s important to make good laps all four qualifying runs. When you make a good lap, the more you grow and the more data you obtain. We have quality laps in and we just want to carry that over to race day.
“This track has always been good to us. We’ll go into race day with confidence and take it one round at a time. We can’t get ahead of ourselves. We’ll do what we do and hope it takes care of itself. This is nitro racing. Anything can happen.
“I couldn’t be prouder and happier with my guys. Brian and Mark have been plugging away with the tune-up and it’s been paying off.”
ANTRON BROWN, Matco Tools/U.S. Army
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.
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