Antron Brown hoists the Wally after winning. (NHRA Photo)

After Monumental Win, Brown Looks To Keep Rolling

BRAINERD, Minn. – Antron Brown’s first year as a team owner has been anything but easy but following the Top Fuel star’s first win of the season – and as a team owner on Sunday in Topeka – things are starting to click for the three-time world champ.

Racing just days later at this weekend’s 40th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway, Brown is also ready to keep this momentum going in the right direction.

He performed at a high level in hot conditions in Topeka and there will be stark contrast in temperatures heading into Brainerd this weekend. That has Brown thinking big in his 11,000-horsepower Matco Tools dragster, where he hopes to continue to round into championship form with the Countdown to the Championship just around the corner.

The annual stop in Brainerd is the penultimate race of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series regular season and Brown would love a second straight win, as well as a second career Top Fuel victory in Brainerd, where things should be extremely fast this weekend.

“Once you get your chance, you’ve got to shine and from here on out, we’re only going forward,” Brown said. “We’re not going to slow down, and we didn’t show all we had (in Topeka). We’re right where we want to be, and we just want to keep getting better. A lot of good came out of Topeka and we’re really looking forward to Brainerd. It’s always been a great track for us. It’s going to be great weather and we’re looking at running in the 3.60s. Once we get that, it’s game on.”

BIR has played host to incredible racing for four decades and the famed “Zoo” helps create one of the most unique atmospheres on the NHRA tour. It’s also a race that excites Brown, who has seen his AB Motorsports team take some huge steps in recent weeks. It didn’t always show on the track, but Brown, who now has 69 career NHRA victories, has never had a problem battling through adversity.

“For me, I’ve been through some rough roads and the mindset you need to have,” Brown said. “People didn’t know what was going on behind the scenes and I saw the chemistry change when we went on the Western Swing. I knew if we stayed at it, it would be fine, and we just kept on building. I never lost the faith.”

With the victory on Sunday, Brown moved to 10th in points in a loaded Top Fuel class, but there’s still time for the star driver to make an even bigger move. He’s less than 50 points out of eighth and less than 100 out of seventh and Brown is ready to take advantage of the moment and the team’s hot streak.

“To get that synergy there and to get everybody on the same page, it was a lot,” Brown said. “We went through it, and it was like the school of hard knocks, but it was everybody coming together, believing in the same vision. We’re there now and we’re all in this together. That’s what this team is all about and that’s what makes this so special right now. We’re family and when we race, we give it all we got and let the chips fall where they may. The Countdown is two races away and we’re going to give it all we’ve got.”

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