By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
ENGLISHTOWN, NJ — This weekend, Matco Tools Top Fuel dragster pilot Antron Brown is close to home. On Friday night, he’s the provisional No. 1 qualifier at the 48th annual NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
Brown set the time-elapsed track record with a 3.713 at 329.42 mph in his second pass of the day. According to the NHRA, he narrowly missed the track speed record of 329.91 mph.
Should be hold onto this top spot, it’ll be the first of the season. Yet, he has two wins this season.
“The track was a lot better than everyone thought it would be, and we just wanted to come out here and get a good lap in before it gets hotter tomorrow,” Brown said. “Tomorrow we want to be the best in every round we can, especially being at a track like this that has created so many memories for me.”
Steve Torrence — the 2016 NHRA Summernationals winner — is the second qualified Top Fuel pilot. He went 3.725 at 326.40 mph in his Capco Contractors dragster. Mac Tools Dragster pilot Doug Kalitta is third with his 3.733 at 329.75 mph pass.
Shawn Langdon — who is piloting the Global Electronic Technology Dragster for the fifth race — went 3.734 at 326.79 mph. Tony Schumacher — who was the runner-up to fellow Texan Torrence last season — is the fifth qualifier at 3.763 at 323.19 mph.
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