Antron Brown powered the Matco Tools dragster to its best run of the weekend during the final qualifying session at the New England Nationals, locking in the No. 10 spot on the elimination ladder. In what was billed as NHRA’s Top Fuel ‘marquee match-up,’ Brown faced Austin Prock in the first round of race day. Brown and Prock were the first pair of competitors to take to the track on Sunday morning, and Brown was eager to capture the win light. He stood on the throttle first but his holeshot advantage wasn’t enough to help Brown overcome a dropped cylinder early into the run. He stayed with it, but Prock made a clean pass for the win in the opposite lane.
“No doubt we’re still fighting some gremlins with this Matco Tools dragster. Today we dropped a hole at the step, and we don’t know why. It shouldn’t have done that. It seems like all the luck we have is bad luck, but we know we’re going to turn the corner soon and head in the right direction. We’re hungry. We’re working hard and the results may not show right now, but they will. We wish we could go straight to Bristol next weekend, and have another crack at it.”
Brown and the Matco Tools Top Fuel team depart New England Dragway ranked 11th (tied) and will compete next at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tenn., June 17-19.
Qualified: No. 10 (3.777 E.T. at 327.59 MPH)
Elimination Round Results:
E1: 3.875 E.T. at 312.42 MPH defeated by Austin Prock 3.686 E.T. at 312.42 MPH
NHRA Camping World Series Top Fuel Point Standings (Unofficial):
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