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2014 NHRA: Antron Escapes Uninjured From Horrific Crash On Last Run Friday That Puts Matco Tools Team No 2 At Atlanta; Capps Sits Fifth
Posted by: newsla on May 17, 2014 - 11:16 AM
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2014 NHRA: Antron Escapes Uninjured From Horrific Crash On Last Run Friday That Puts Matco Tools Team No 2 At Atlanta; Capps Sits Fifth


Antron Brown qualified No. 2 Friday night near Atlanta for the NHRA Southern Nationals, but it wasn't the way he preferred doing it.

 

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Moments after completing his second qualifying run in the Matco Tools Top Fuel dragster, the current NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series points leader was shutting down his Don Schumacher Racing dragster after a run of 3.788 seconds at 318.69 mph when his car went out of control.

The 2012 Top Fuel world champion, under the protection of the DSR-designed enclosed cockpit canopy, got out of the car under his own power and within a few minutes addressed the crowd at Atlanta Dragway.

"We don't know what happened. The most important thing is the good Lord kept us safe and everything worked on that car like it was supposed to," said Antron, whose Matco Tools team has won three of six event titles this season including the past two.

"We'll be alright. It was running fine until I shut it off. We just have to see what happened and get to the bottom of it. I want to thank all of the fans for supporting us. We're alright, it's OK.

"Kudos to all the boys at the shop for the way they built this car," he said, "and the canopy worked good. "

At the time of Antron's incident at around 9:40 p.m. (EDT), the program already was about 90 minutes behind schedule and temperatures were in the low 50s. With an anticipated 30- to 45-minute clean-up and temperatures steadily dropping NHRA decided to end the second Top Fuel session but times counted for the 12 cars that had run.

"We just don't know what happened," he said after returning to his pit. "(Crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Mark Oswald) already are assessing what happened. Brian, Mark and all of these Matco boys will go back and look. We'll get ready and come out tomorrow and be ready with our back-up car."

Antron's DSR teammates Tony Schumacher and Spencer Massey were among the teams that did not get a second qualifying opportunity Friday but two sessions remain Saturday leading to Sunday's championship eliminations.

In Funny Car, Ron Capps and the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T led the DSR quartet with a provisional No. 5 placement with Tommy Johnson Jr. close behind in seventh.

TOP FUEL
Provisional No. 1 Qualifier: Steve Torrence (Capco Racing) 3.765 sec. (track record), 321.50 mph

ANTRON BROWN, Matco Tools Top Fuel Dragster
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 2
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 3.854 sec., 312.42 mph, (Session 1); 3.788, 318.69 (Session 2)

TONY SCHUMACHER, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 6
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 3.827 sec., 325.30 mph, (Session 1); did not run (Session 2)

SPENCER MASSEY, Battery Extender Powered by Schumacher Top Fuel Dragster
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 7
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 3.828 sec., 316.82 mph, (Session 1); did not run (Session 2)

FUNNY CAR
Provisional No. 1 Qualifier: Alexis DeJoria (Kalitta Motorsports) 4.012 sec. (track record), 313.95 mph

RON CAPPS, NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger R/T
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 5
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 4.095 sec., 309.20 mph, (Session 1); 7.107, 86.15 (Session 2)

Tommy Johnson Jr., Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 7
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 4.145 sec., 304.39 mph, (Session 1); 7.133, 84.02 (Session 2)

MATT HAGAN, Mopar Express Lane/Rocky Boots Dodge Charger R/T
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 11
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 4.204 sec., 291.63 mph, (Session 1); 7.728, 79.33 (Session 2)

JACK BECKMAN, Valvoline MaxLife Dodge Charger R/T
Provisional Qualifying Position: No. 14
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 8.242 sec., 73.02 mph, (Session 1); 6.862, 8.35 (Session 2)

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