By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Just two weeks after winning for the first-time in one calendar year, Matco Tools Top Fuel Dragster pilot Antron Brown is the provisional No. 1 qualifier at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minnesota. Brown secured the top spot on Friday during his second qualifying pass when he went 3.789 at 325.45 mph.
If his time holds up on Saturday, it’ll be his first No. 1 qualifier of the season. Should he get the No. 1 qualifier, it’ll be his 50th in his career that spans 399 career races.
Brown also secured a spot in the Countdown to the Championship following his first qualifying pass. The Countdown to the Championship will begin at Maple Grove Raceway in September.
“We have been working hard for this,” said Brown. “It is no secret, we have been through our bumps and bruises but the thing about it is that is why you go through the struggles so you have days like this and what we had in Seattle.”
Following AB is the provisional No. 2 qualifier Clay Millican in his Great Clips/Parts Plus Dragster. He went 3.790 at 323.04 mph.
Scrappers Racing pilot Mike Salinas is the provisional No. 3 qualifier after he went 3.797 at 322.19 mph. Capco Contractors pilot Billy Torrence — who is making his first appearance since a second-round loss in Chicago — is the provisional No. 4 qualifier after he went 3.823 at 326.48 mph.
CatSpot-sponsored, Tommy Thompson-backed Top Fuel Dragster pilot Scott Palmer is the provisional No. 5 qualifier after he went 3.834 at 318.17 mph.
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