ANTRON BROWN WILL DEFEND TOP FUEL TITLE AFTER STELLAR SEASON
ENNIS, Texas (Jan. 8, 2013) – Before the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series kicks off next month in Pomona, Calif., it’s only fitting that we honor the champions who crossed the country and thrilled Texas Motorplex fans in September before going on to claim the top honors in the quickest and fastest form of motorsport.
Antron Brown did more than just make fans during the season, he made friends. The 26-year-old former Pro Stock Motorcycle champion (who earned the PSM win at the Motorplex in 1999) made history by becoming the first African-American driver to win a major U.S. auto racing championship.
He earned the win during the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals at the Motorplex in September as part of a season full of dramatic surprises. Nothing was more dramatic, however, than the way he clinched the title.
Brown needed the final event of the season to win the NHRA Top Fuel title in his Matco Tools dragster. Brown earned six victories in 11 final rounds in 2012, setting a 20-point national record along the way to help secure the championship title and the $500,000 payout.
Texas Motorplex was the first all-concrete stadium-style drag racing facility ever constructed. Built in 1986, Texas Motorplex has been the place of many drag racing milestones and world record performances. The Billy Meyer-owned facility hosts a number of racing and car show events between March and November each year and also features the Champion’s Club – an 11,000 square-foot faci
lity – that serves fully catered events throughout the year.