Antron Brown drives a top fuel dragster for Don Schumacher Racing and runs on TBM Brakes, representing the spirit of The Brake Man. Brown has amassed an astounding 25 wins and earned 26 poles during his NHRA history. He is the only driver in NHRA history to win and lead in points in both Funny Car and Pro Stock Motorcycle divisions. Awesome.
Antron Brown grew up at the drag strip, so it’s only fitting he developed into a championship-caliber drag racer. The Chesterfield, N.J. native was raised in the quarter mile racing hot bed of the Garden State and attend races with his family at historic Atco and Englishtown, N.J. and Reading, Pa.
Brown first operated a motorcycle at four-years-old shortly after learning how to ride a bicycle with training wheels. He first competed at 12-years-old in an 80-cc class in amateur youth motocross. Brown’s first competitive action on the drag strip came during his senior year in high school aboard a Suzuki GSXR 1100 that Brown routinely steered at runs at 9.20 seconds at nearly 160 mph.
Mentored for Pro Stock Motorcycle by famed rider Dave Schultz, Brown went on to score 16 PSM victories in 33 final rounds, 11 No. 1 qualifying awards, and twice finished second in the points standings (2001 and ’06) on a Suzuki.
Brown inked a deal with David Powers Motorsports to drive the Matco Tools dragster in 2008. Brown made a seamless transition to the Top Fuel class, earning the pole in his first career Top Fuel race at the 2008 Winternationals at historic Pomona, Calif. with a blast of 4.495-seconds. He won in just his fourth Top Fuel start by edging two-time series champion Larry Dixon in the final round at Houston Raceway Park. The popular driver earned two wins in five final round appearances, along with claiming three No. 1 qualifying awards during the 2008 NHRA season en route to finishing fifth in the NHRA Countdown to 1 standings.
Brown earned his first of seven No. 1 qualifying awards in 2009 at at the season-opening Winternationals and raced to a runner-up finish at the historic California track. He became just the seventh professional driver to sweep the grueling Western Swing (Denver, Seattle and Sonoma). He posted six wins in 10 final-round appearances, seven poles, 51 round wins, and earned top speed of the meet honors at 13 races. Brown also set the 1,000-foot speed record twice at 319.22 (Indianapolis) and 319.60 (Richmond) mph.
2010 saw Brown take the season-ending Pomona 2 race; claim five No. 1 qualifying positions; and finish in the top five for the third-straight season then ended the 2011 season in third. Now he rolls into the 2012 season with The Brake Man once again.