Chat with Antron Brown
Brown sits seventh in Top Fuel with three races remaining.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, NHRA driver Antron Brown stops by to chat as teams prepare for the fourth leg of the six-part Countdown to the Championship finale to the NHRA season. Reading, Pa. hosts the Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals, starting Oct. 7.
Brown sits in seventh place in the Top Fuel points standings, 221 points behind leader Larry Dixon. Between the Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle classes, Brown owns 24 career wins.
Send your questions now and join Brown Friday at 2 p.m. ET!
Antron Brown (2:00 PM)
AB is here in the house. I'm looking forward to chatting with you so let's get this thing started!
Michael Cramsey (Pennsylvania)
How hard was the transition from Pro Stock Motorcycle to Top Fuel?
Antron Brown (2:02 PM)
That's the number one question I always get. My transition has been very very difficult but I just took it one step at a time. The biggest thing was to get used to the way Top Fuel cars accelerate.
John Haines (Millstone Township, NJ)
Of your 24 Professional NHRA Wins in both Pro Stock Motorcycles and Top Fuel Dragster, which win is most memorable to you and why?
Antron Brown (2:04 PM)
There are a couple that come to mind. The first is when I doubled up and won the All-star race at Indy and US Nationals in 2000. The second was my first Top Fuel race win and the third was winning my first race at my home track in Englishtown, NJ.
LDon "Stick" Mtichell (Houma,LA)
Antron i feel confident your team has that chance to still get in that #1.. How is the team preparing for this run to the championship....
Antron Brown (2:06 PM)
We're pulling no stops. The guys are working all hours in the shop. We've been having competitive runs but that's not good enough. We have to step up our game and pull out all the stops. That's what it will take for us to get back in the run for the championship.
Kevin Eicher (East Bethel Minnesota )
Antron Whats it Like Taking Off in a Top Fueler Is It Anything Like a F-16 ?
Antron Brown (2:09 PM)
It's just like taking off in an F-16, just three times faster. If you take off in a straight line in an F-16, you might pull 3 g's but in a Top Fuel car we pull about 5 1/2 g's. Nothing on the planet accelerates faster than our cars in a straight line.
Eric (Bucks County, PA)
Being a huge NASCAR and NHRA fan myself, I have heard some rumors about you possibly trying out driving for NASCAR. Any thoughts on that??
Antron Brown (2:10 PM)
(Laughing) That came up time or two but right now my heart and my mind are fully focused on drag racing. But you never know, you might be seeing me turn left one day.
Andrew (Kettering Ohio)
Hi Antron, thank you for being such a nice guy when us fans pass by your pit area! Any chance we see you in a Funny Car someday?
Antron Brown (2:12 PM)
That could be very very possible in my future. Racing Funny Cars is something that I would love to do but right now I'm focused on getting a national championship. I would love to get one in Top Fuel.
Antron,What are your thoughts regarding the possibility of having a national event in the Northeast at New England Dragway next year or the following year
Antron Brown (2:13 PM)
I would love it. I love going to new places. The only places we race at in the northeast are in Englishtown, NJ and Reading, PA so it would be awesome to have another place to race at up here.
Dukes64 (Oklahoma City)
How comfortable are you in the points position that you are in and are you confident that you can make up ground to take the lead?
Antron Brown (2:14 PM)
I feel fine. I have all the confidence in my team. We only have three races left but our goal is to win a championship and we will work hard and do what we have to do in order to win.
Jennifer Jarrett (Cartersville, GA)
Hey Antron! I drive a jr dragster. I look up to all of yall Top Fuel racers! This year I won the championship for my home track, Atlanta Dragway. My dream in life is to become a top fuel racer. What were the steps you took to become pro? Or do you have any suggestions for me to become pro?
Antron Brown (2:18 PM)
I just stayed determined and never gave up on my dreams. I knew I wanted to be a drag racer so I did whatever it took to get there. The thing I would say to you is, look for the jobs at a track. Work for a team. Be around different people and learn all aspects of racing. Also you have to stay true to yourself and never give up on your dream. Work hard and it shall come.
Antron Brown (2:20 PM)
I just want to thank all my fans and friends. It was great rapping with you. Hopefully I see you at our upcoming races. Continue to cheer us on as we continue to fight for this championship.