Brown ends drought, captures 50th Nitro win

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

A week after double-stepping in Jeb Allen’s sponsored Palomar’s Top Fuel Dragster in Sonoma, California to be eliminated in the first round, Leah Pritchett was back in another final round. Pritchett was looking for her second win on the historic Western Swing.

Brown went 3.835 at 322.88 mph to claim the win. Pritchett, in her runner-up pass, went 3.849 at 320.13 mph.

Matco Tools Top Fuel Dragster pilot Antron Brown celebrates his Top Fuel win over Leah Pritchett at the 31st annual CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals
Antron Brown celebrates his Top Fuel win over Leah Pritchett at the 31st annual CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

The Matco Tools team has struggled this season. They even brought in former U.S. Army Racing crew chief Mike Green as a consultant to work with Brian Mason and Mark Oswald.

This is Brown’s 50th career win in Top Fuel. It’s his first win in one calendar year, as he won last year’s NHRA Northwest Nationals.

Brown held a 12-9 record against Pritchett in prior events. He improved to 3-1 now against her in final rounds.

Pritchett has the starting line advantage. However, as the two cars crossed the Christmas tree, Brown was able to capture the lead.

He never looked back as he never trailed again. He won by 0.0047 seconds, or approx. 2 feet.

This is Brown’s 66th career win. In addition to the 50 wins in Top Fuel, he also has 16 National event wins in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

He’s just the fourth driver in Top Fuel history to record 50 wins. His teammate, Tony Schumacher, is the all-time Top Fuel leader with 84.

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