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NHRA’s Antron Brown ready to give NASCAR a try

- jutter@charlotteobserver.com
Thursday, May. 23, 2013

Antron Brown has mastered straightaways.

Now, he’s ready to try turns.

Brown, the 2012 NHRA Top Fuel Dragster champion, will test next week in a NASCAR K&N Series car at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va., with Rev Racing.

Brown, 37, will test at the track alongside Rev Racing drivers Bryan Ortiz, Daniel Suarez, Meckena Bell and Ryan Gifford. All are members of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program.

“I have a passion for NHRA drag racing,” Brown said. “I’m very competitive at anything I do and I always love a new challenge. I’m excited to have this opportunity to turn left.”

Both Rev Racing and Don Schumacher Racing, Brown’s home in the NHRA, partner with Toyota.

“Toyota has been a supporter of diversity in the workplace, within its organization and specifically with the Rev Racing program for many years,” said Keith Dahl, Toyota’s national manager of motorsports and engagement marketing.

“Not only are DSR and Rev Racing committed to winning championships, but they are also committed to pioneering diversity efforts in motorsports.”

Gordon ‘can’t imagine’ losing Charlotte race

Jeff Gordon does think Las Vegas Motor Speedway deserves to have two races on the Sprint Cup Series schedule but not at the expense of Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Gordon was asked about track owner Bruton Smith’s idea floated earlier this week of moving the fall Cup race at CMS to Las Vegas.

“I can’t imagine not racing here three times a year, or certainly two points races. I love racing here. It’s nice to be home and this is such a special race track,” Gordon said.

“At the same time, I think Las Vegas makes great sense from a marketing standpoint. I think Las Vegas deserves to have two races. I would not want to see us take away a race from here.”

Fastest in practice

Alex Bowman led the way in Friday’s 2 ½ -hour Nationwide Series practice session at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Qualifying for Saturday’s History 300 race is 11:05 a.m. Saturday.

Parker Kligerman was second-fastest, Sam Hornish Jr. was third, Austin Dillon fourth and Kasey Kahne fifth. Kligerman was fastest in Wednesday’s four-hour practice session.

Goodyear giving back

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. will support the Armed Forces with the fourth annual “Goodyear Gives Back” campaign, a fundraising effort to generate support for military personnel and their families.

Thursday, race fans and volunteers from UPS put together personalized care packages to send to troops in Afghanistan and Kuwait. The packages were filled with items donated by Goodyear and NASCAR sponsors and partners.

Fans can bid on authentic Goodyear NASCAR tires autographed by the drivers who used them at Goodyear.com/GivesBack.

Coming up next

TNT will begin its six-race coverage of the Sprint Cup Series with the June 9 at Pocono Raceway. The TNT Summer Series will feature six races – Pocono, Michigan, Sonoma, Kentucky, Daytona and New Hampshire.